Mayor Paul Hires Lawyer, Calls Impeachment Claim 'Frivolous'
In a letter to the Ellisville city clerk, Adam Paul's lawyer Chet Pleban requested a 30-day delay in a hearing before the city's Charter Review Commission that is scheduled for Monday evening.
Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul has hired lawyer Chet Pleban to represent him in a hearing on the question of whether "probable cause exists to believe that a violation of the City Charter has occurred" in a complaint against him.
That initial hearing is scheduled for Monday evening; Pleban requested a 30-day delay while he investigates the details of the complaint.
In that complaint, former city council member Katie James asked for a review of Paul's actions in two incidents she claimed violated the City Charter. James suggested Paul should be impeached in cases in which he requested a police officer to remove a member of the public from meeting premises. James was an attendee removed in one case.
In a letter dated today address to the Ellisville city clerk, Pleban said the complaint was "frivolous and politically motivated" and requested a 30-day delay in the city's Charter Review Commission.
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That commission is to be comprised of three city council members: Dawn Anglin, Michelle Murray and Linda Reel. The commission will review the complaint and determine whether "probable cause exists to believe that a violation of the City Charter has occurred."
The crux of James' claim is that Paul acted outside his authority by, she says, directing city police to remove someone from a public meeting on Feb. 6.
In a second letter to the city clerk, Pleban said Ellisville City Manager Kevin Bookout and Tom Felgate were negligent in failing to take action against a person at that meeting who was "an unsuccessful candidate" with a "history of harassing and intimidating Mayor Paul and his family."
It is not known at this time whether the hearing scheduled for Monday will occur. Patch will follow-up as details become available.