Local mayor faces impeachment for alleged unacceptable behavior

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by KMOV.com Staff | @KMOV

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Posted on March 6, 2014 at 12:07 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 6 at 7:12 AM

 (KMOV) –A local mayor is under investigation and faces impeachment for what one council member said is an unacceptable behavior.

“It's kind of appalling actually because we're a community and have a lot of good things,” said Sam Shannon, Wellston City Councilman.

Shannon said Mayor Linda Whitfield isn’t one of those good things and she needs to go.

“The mayor is under investigation by council for violations of our code of ordinance,” said Shannon.

He said Whitfield has a laundry list of violations that warrant not only investigation but impeachment including hiring a police officer and paying him $16,000 over seven months to do nothing.

“We're trying to see now why did the mayor elect to pay him that amount of money and the city is strapped for cash,” said Shannon.

Mayor Whitfield told a News 4 crew to talk to her lawyer and did not have further comments.

An impeachment hearing is scheduled for March 25.

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