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Ellisville mayor impeachment decision coming Monday

10:40 PM, Apr 3, 2013   |    comments
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ELLISVILLE, Mo. (KSDK) - Wednesday was set as the deadline for the Ellisville City Council to decide whether or not to remove Mayor Adam Paul from office. But after three days of testimony, the impeachment decision has been delayed until Monday.

According to the city charter, the council had until midnight Wednesday to complete the impeachment hearing. Councilman Matt Pirrello said no decision would be made until April 8.

The city laid out its case that Mayor Paul illegally gave police officers orders and let city meetings get out of hand during debates over tax breaks for Walmart developers over the last year.

City Clerk Catherine Demeter previously testified the meetings under Mayor Paul's leadership were often uncivil, unruly and uncomfortable. She talked specifically about the mayor's behavior in meetings.

"The way that he was speaking to the council and the staff, I felt that the insults were unnecessary," Demeter said.

"On one hand they're saying, you know, that I couldn't control the meetings and on the other hand they say when I attempted to they put a charter violation against me," said Paul, whose legal team has yet to start his defense in the hearing. When asked if he insulted council members in meetings Paul said, "Absolutely not."

On cross examination, Paul's attorney, Chet Pleban, offered an email into evidence that he said showed current councilman and former Mayor Matt Pirrello referred to Paul as "Mayor Pile" to another member of city government.

Pleban also offered a photo of what he said was a badge issued by Ellisville Police to former mayor Ed O'Reilly - a photo the Ellisville Police Chief called "a shocker" on the stand. Pleban was addressing the issue which was raised by the city's prosecutor in connection to Paul's inquiry into whether or not he would be issued a badge and gun soon after he was sworn into office in April 2012.

The impeachment hearing resumes at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. John Lutheran Church to accommodate the large crowds that have watched the proceedings late into the first two nights of testimony.

Paul has said if he's kicked out of office he will appeal in court.

KSDK

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