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Embattled Valley Park mayor accused of using city money for personal property

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VALLEY PARK, Mo (KMOV) --   Valley Park residents and some Aldermen asked Mayor Nathan Grellner to step down on Monday night.

Grellner was absent from the board meeting as he has been for the past several months. He’s accused of spending thousands of dollars on the city credit card for a washer and dryer, tools, and other personal items.

Three Aldermen were in tears when they unanimously approved a vote of no confidence in the mayor.  Alderwoman Rita Collins was in tears when she called for the vote of no confidence “with an exclamation point.”

City Attorney Eric Martin says he was visiting Mayor Grellner on June 7 when he noticed several items at the mayor’s house that were purchased with the city credit card.  The items included a washer and dryer, a vacuum cleaner, tools, and other items.  Martin checked with the city clerk and found those items had indeed been purchased with the city card.  Martin says when he confronted the mayor, Grellner said he mistakenly used the city credit card instead of his personal card.  Mayor Grellner returned most of the items.

Mayor Grellner would not respond to phone calls from News 4.  Members of Grellner’s family were in attendance at Monday’s board meeting, but would only say “no comment.”  Several aldermen suggested that Mayor Grellner had spent time in the hospital for exhaustion in the past month.

The board unanimously voted for a forensic audit on the city credit card and the mayor’s cell phone.  Some Aldermen suggested there may be criminal misuse of the city credit card.

“He needs to address his health and take care of his family,” said Alderwoman Betty Halker.  “And step away from the city so the city can move forward and do what we need to do.”

On June 5 Nathan Grellner was arrested for suspicion of DUI in Byrnes Mill.  Police Chief Ed Locke says Grellner fought with officers during his arrest.  He sayd Grellner was so combative they had to put a mask on him so he wouldn’t spit on the officer.  Police are now awaiting toxicology reports.

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