HANLEY HILLS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A new trustee took his oath of office on April 28, but already some in Hanley Hills are trying to get him out because of his criminal past.
Charles Cleveland is the newly elected trustee of Hanley Hills, Missouri. Some officials do not agree with Cleveland’s newly elected position.
"I was a drug dealer and I got caught selling drugs," said Cleveland.
Cleveland served 16 years in prison in 1993 for his criminal acts. Since then, he says he is a model citizen.
But the Village Attorney Anthony Gray, says he does not like this situation.
"It's my opinion, one of the trustees, Charles Cleveland, is not qualified to serve on the board," said Gray.
Officials say Cleveland filled out an old candidacy form and somehow his past did not come to light until his election as a trustee.
Cleveland says political opponents are behind the financial problems in the village.
"We're not in control of our money and they [political opponents] won’t tell you that. They [political opponents] are not in control of the money," said Cleveland.
Another trustee was sworn in as well. Annette Harrison is being sued by MSD for delinquency.
"I have to go and address a bill, that's it," said Harrison.
As for the village, an audit of its finances is supposedly underway, but trustees say they are not sure when it may be completed.
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