No resolution in Ellisville mayor impeachment case

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by Lauren Trager and Mike Colombo / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 2 at 7:44 AM

ELLISVILLE, Mo. (KMOV)  -- A six-hour hearing still did not resolve the future of Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul, who was fighting to keep his job Monday night.

The lengthy hearing on Monday was to consider impeachment of Paul, who has been at odds with the city council in the St. Louis County town. About 400 residents packed into a gymnasium at Ellisville Elementary School, but the meeting will reconvene at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

That’s when polls close on the municipal election that could change the makeup of the council and benefit the mayor.

Paul’s attorney, Chet Pleban, spent much of the Monday meeting seeking to have the case dismissed.

Paul was elected after being an outspoken opponent of tax incentives for a Wal-Mart development. The council accused him of things such as leaking confidential information and giving illegal orders to city employees.

Many of those who attended the hearing were supporters of  Paul. They said the allegations that he has over stepped his power as mayor are false.

Pleban says the entire proceeding is unconstitutional, as the council is bringing the allegations and yet also acting as judge and jury. He said it doesn’t  give the mayor a fair chance to defend himself.

Paul told News 4’s Lauren Trager the council just wanted him to resign, but he says he was taught not to back away from a fight.

“I’ll continue to do whatever it takes to vindicate myself and if there was any inclination for me to step down I would do that. But if it was any other situation, I would want me to be mayor and so that’s how I look at it.

Three council positions are up in Tuesday’s election, so the majority could swing back in the mayor’s favor and the proceedings could be for naught.

But the lawyers are still getting paid and the taxpayers may end up with tens of thousands in legal bills.


 

 

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