(KMOV)—The Ellisville City Council voted to fire the city manager on Wednesday night, taking many residents by surprise.
In a four-to-three vote, Ellisville City Council members voted to end City Manager Kevin Bookout’s contract.
Bookout started with the city in 2003 and took over as city manager in 2006. He recently gained attention for trying to remove Mayor Adam Paul from office.
A council member who reportedly brought the issue up in Wednesday night’s meeting said Bookout held information from the council.
Others agreed it was time for him to go.
“He has been ruling like he’s the only man in charge, and not having to care what the council said. We speak for the people, and he wasn’t listening to us,” said Ellisville City Council Member Mick Cahill.
Bookout made a reported $106,000 a year. According to earlier reports, he’ll get six months severance. Bookout refused to comment about the vote.
The city council also fired the city’s prosecuting attorney Paul martin. Martin had already been fired from his role as city attorney.