Is Ellisville's City Council at War over Mayor Paul?
The Post-Dispatch used the word "war" in its front-page headline on Tuesday as the city council prepares to meet this evening on an impeachment resolution.
When the Ellisville City Council meets today at 6 p.m., the one and only item on the agenda is a member of the council itself: Mayor Adam Paul.
Council members will take up a resolution drafted in the last few days questioning whether Paul has violated the standards of his office and committed "acts of misfeasance, malfeasance and nonfeasance" in the administration of his office.
The provisions of the resolution to be considered today call for the immediate suspension of Paul from office for 45 days. The council would then convene, essentially, an evidentiary hearing, with witnesses and sworn testimony, to determine whether there is cause to remove Paul from office, or, in the words of the resolution, whether Paul "has forfeited his office" by his actions.
Among the charges levied against Paul in the 11-page resolution include:
- Discussing publicly details of a closed-session council discussion on personnel.
- Trying to replace the city attorney without the council’s approval.
- Ordering city employees to carry out tasks, in spite of the city charter prohibition on council members specifically managing city employees.
- Drinking and swearing on the job.
In a front-page headline on Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said "Mayor, Council at War in Ellisville" over the allegations leveled against Mayor Paul. (The online headline was somewhat more measured.)
The newspaper quoted city attorney Paul Martin accusing the mayor of acts that "have been ongoing since he’s been elected," while Paul’s attorney, Chet Pleban, called the accusations a "classic small-town witch hunt." Paul has not commented except through his lawyer.
The special city council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at Ellisville City Hall. The resolution is the only action item on the agenda.
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