City of Pevely votes to impeach Alderman for fictitious alter eg - KMOV.com

City of Pevely votes to impeach Alderman for fictitious alter ego

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Pevely Alderman Dave Bewig allegedly obtained a money order in the name of Joe Mott. Pevely Alderman Dave Bewig allegedly obtained a money order in the name of Joe Mott.
PEVELY, Mo. (KMOV.com) - The City of Pevely voted this week to impeach elected Alderman Dave Bewig, who was caught on surveillance camera allegedly buying a money order under a fictitious name.

Alderman Bewig was recently connected to posts from a fictitious Facebook account under the name Joe Mott, an account which made posts criticizing a citizen who had been critical of Bewig.

"I do feel like it was harassment and bullying," said Pevely resident Erin Kasten. "Through a Facebook page, a fictitious Facebook page, that I believe he created."

Accusations claim Bewig purchased a money order under the name Joe Mott and donated it to the city to perpetuate the Joe Mott myth. Bewig was asked to resign at Monday's meeting.

"I will not resign, I'm an elected official," Bewig said in the meeting.

The Board of Aldermen voted to proceed with the impeachment. Two of Pevely's Aldermen voted no.

"While I believe Mr. Bewig has done some things out of order, I don't believe it's worthy of being impeached for," said Alderman Ed Walters.

News 4's Russell Kinsaul attempted to contact Dave Bewig, but Bewig refused an interview and claimed he had not done anything wrong.

Pevely Mayor Stephanie Haas said misconduct allegations against Bewig also include harassment and bullying of city employees.

"And enough's enough, we have to be here to protect our city and our citizens, and to turn a blind eye to that, we're not protecting either," said Mayor Haas.

A list of witnesses is being prepared to testify in an impeachment hearing, for which a date has not yet been set.
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