By Marcella Corona and Anjanette Damon
An LGBT flag was flown over Reno City Hall over the weekend instead of the American flag, sparking an apology from Mayor Hillary Schieve Monday morning.
Schieve was alerted Sunday night that the American flag was not flying over city hall, she said in a statement.
“I can most certainly see why people would be offended or upset,” Schieve said in the statement. “I did not order that the American flag be taken down. I have asked that the flag be put back immediately.
“It was certainly not the City’s intention to be disrespectful, and it never should have happened,” she said in the statement. “I will take full responsibility since I represent this city.”
At a rather solemn caucus meeting at city hall on Monday, Schieve also apologized to city staff for the mix up and reiterated that she would take "full responsibility" as mayor.
"It is important to be extremely sensitive to this," she said. "In the future, as we move forward, I can assure you this won't happen again."
Schieve, who participated in the gay pride events on Saturday, said she made the request that the rainbow pride flag be hung at city hall but never asked for it to replace the U.S. Flag.
"I thought it would hang at the front door of city hall," she told the Reno Gazette-Journal.