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Impeachment Hearing for Ellisville Mayor Pushed Back

The hearing to consider whether or not Mayor Adam Paul should be ousted from office will now take place April 1, the day before municipal elections.

The impeachment hearing for Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul has been moved back again, placing it the day before a municipal election that could shift the balance of power on the city council.

The hearing to consider the charges leveled against Paul will now take place on April 1, back from its previous March 27 date. The change was made as a result of a request from Paul’s lawyer who is seeking more time to prepare and conduct depositions of city officials.

The Ellisville City Council discussed the request during a work session Wednesday and unanimously agreed to the extension.

The hearing had been planned to be held at moved from Ellisville City Hall to Ellisville Elementary to accommodate what is expected to be a large crowd. The location for the April 1 date was not set, but city officials indicated they would keep it at the school if it was available.

The move came as a surprise to Paul, who was present at Wednesday’s meeting and told Patch afterward that it was “news to him.”

The initial 11-page resolution included charges that Paul drank and used profanity on the job, recorded confidential meetings and usurped authority. Some charges were dropped at the council meeting last week. Paul, suspended from office since March 6, has denied all allegations.

Emails Turned Over

On Monday, a lawyer appointed by the city to preside over the hearing sided with Paul’s attorney Chet Pleban and handed over a trove of email communications between city staff and council members.

Pleban explained that the city had objected to the release of the emails on the basis that they were protected under attorney-client privilege. However, Pleban said the resolution adopted by the council calling for Paul’s removal waived any such privilege.

With even the now pushed back trial date coming up quickly, Paul’s legal representation is scrambling to gather enough evidence to mount a defense.

“It took us two weeks to get these documents. A lot of valuable time has been lost. We will do our best to try and get up to speed,” Pleban said.

Ellisville City Attorney Paul Martin, who drafted the resolution calling for Paul’s impeachment, has previously declined to comment on the specific allegations and said further evidence will be presented at the hearing.

Mike K March 26, 2013 at 09:37 PM
"Good for the local economy, good for Ellisville." Spoken like a true Southerner opining for the days when slavery was "Good for the local economy, good for the South". I think we all know how that turned out, now don't we? Perhaps the local history buff, "Professor" Kerr, and the resident Pivot Man, will speak to that.
robert kerr March 26, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Mikie... Good that you joined, you guys must take turns. Yes, I want slavery again, sure! Wal-Mart = slavery Huh? Yeah, that's the ticket. Grow up and act like a man. You're a slave to your mind, I believe.
robert kerr March 26, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Ms Schimdt, Yeah, now the argument is, Wal-Mart is going bankrupt. Wal-Mart stock: $74.77 and they just upped the dividend for the year, too. I can't see your point.........Oh and none of that Wal-Mart money won't stay in the area, so it must be hoarded in Bentonville Ark? What? I get paid very well, thank you. Your tax dollars at work! What about you? Tip: You should not be so angry at other people and what they do for a living. I am just a middle class citizen living in Ellisville that walks my dog in a free park.
robert kerr March 26, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Just for you Mikie, If you do not go to the dog park, you will not pay the fee for entrance...if you do not go into the Wal-Mart to shop, you will not pay the sales tax, hence, you will not pay the TIF. Is that not a correct statement? I love Socrates.......
Suzanne Gundlach March 26, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Thank you!

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