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Wednesday could be final day in office for Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul

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ELLISVILLE, Mo. (KSDK) - Wednesday could be the last day Adam Paul can call himself the mayor of Ellisville. After two nights of testimony in his impeachment hearing, Wednesday is the deadline for the city council to decide whether or not to remove him from office.

The council heard testimony for more than five hours Tuesday night until around 1 a.m. when the city laid out its case that 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 testified the meetings under Mayor Paul's leadership were often uncivil, unruly and uncomfortable. And, 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," said Demeter.

"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.

According to the city charter, the council has until mid-night tonight to complete the impeachment hearing.

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

A second night of arguments

A second night of arguments has started in Ellisville in an attempt to impeach Mayor Adam Paul.

The process got underway Monday at 6 p.m. at Ellisville Elementary School.

The Ellisville City Council is accusing Paul of a long list of charges, including abuse of power.

NewsChannel 5 was at the hearing Monday night listening to testimony against the mayor that included bizarre claims that he asked the police chief for a badge and a gun.

Paul's attorney, Chet Pleban, spent a lot of time questioning the validity of the process. Pleban says he's convinced the council members have already made up their minds to remove Paul from office.

Paul believes the impeachment effort is retribution of his opposition to tax breaks for developers of a Walmart.

The city only got through half of its case when it decided shortly after 12 a.m. to break until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

KSDK

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