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Official: Suspension of University City Manager was based on race

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University City Manager Lehman Walker. Credit: KMOV University City Manager Lehman Walker. Credit: KMOV
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Allegations are being leveled that University City Manager Lehman Walker was suspended because he is black.

In a closed session, several city council members signed a resolution to suspend Walker, but Mayor Shelly Welsch and Ward 3 Councilman Rod Jennings did not sign.

“It is political, it is racial, and I think it’s wrong,” said Jennings.

Jennings was not at the meeting when the resolution was discussed, saying he did not want to be a part of what took place. He described what happened as a “modern day lynching of a black man.”

“I’m talking about this racial lynching. It seems to me that this is simply because he is black and made decisions that they do not agree with,” Jennings.

One such decision was a move to outsource EMS services to a private company. Some council members have called the move political.

Welsch said she did not attend the meeting because she wasn’t told what would be discussed.

News 4 reached out to council members who voted in the closed session, but they did not respond to requests for comment.

Walker’s attorney sent a letter to city council saying “My client has been repeatedly harmed by Ms. Carr, Mr. Crow and Mr. McMann.”

The letter also requests a settlement of $500,000 or Walker will sue each of the three council members personally. Walker will be paid during his suspension.

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