ELLISVILLE, MO. (KPLR) – Nearly a month after the Ellisville City Council voted to remove former mayor, Adam Paul, from office, the impeachment brought fireworks at Wednesday night`s council meeting.
Newly elected council members, Mick Cahill and Gary Voss, both Paul supporters, wanted to put an item on the agenda to 'rescind' or 'stay' the prior council`s action to remove Paul from office for what his opponents called 'abuse of power'.
But City Manager, Kevin Bookout, pulled the item from the agenda.
Tempers boiled over at another jam packed meeting.
Residents had documents showing the city had been charged $8 thousand for 'crisis communications' or emergency PR services to the public relations firm, Casey Communications, to handle the impeachment fallout. Paul's attorney, Chet Pleban, said the city's legal fees were more than $84-thousand and likely to double -- at least.
'This is just going to keep getting worse and worse and worse until you have a riot on your hands,' lamented resident, Sandy McGrath. 'I`m just getting sick of it.'
Bookout said he decided to pull the proposal from the agenda, based upon the advice of special legal counsel.
The unrest goes back more than a year - rooted in the council`s support of tax increment financing for new a Walmart; which was very unpopular among residents, including Paul.
It led to his election.
The city council voted to remove him from office April 8th, for mistreatment of fellow elected officials and city employees.
But three new council members took office at the last council meeting; Cahill and Voss were elected in large part because of their support for Paul.
Mayor Pro Tem, Matt Pirrello, a Paul opponent, met with residents for more than an hour after the meeting.
He told them Paul`s future was now a matter for the courts.
He vowed to resign on the spot, that if a judge reinstated Paul.
Paul is suing Pirrello, Bookout, and City Attorney, Paul Martin, for actual and punitive damages resulting from the impeachment saga.
He`s also suing to have his removal from office, overturned.
The city council voted to hold a special election in November to choose Paul`s permanent replacement.