Thursday's Arnold City Council meeting could turn out to be a showstopper with emotions running rampant among its members regarding the alleged harassment of a city employee by Ward 4 Councilman Ken Moss.
In fact, one councilman has threatened to call for Moss' impeachment if the council does not reverse its decision to accept an independent investigation on the matter.
Arnold's Parks and Recreation Director Susie Boone claims Moss harassed her for more than two years after his sister was fired from the Parks Department. Moss has denied the accusations and said if he did something wrong, he would have admitted it.
"I ask the five of you who voted to cover up Ken's activities to reconsider voting to accept the report of the investigation," Ward 2 Councilman Moritz said in an email to the council. "If you do not do so, I intend to call for the removal of Ken Moss from the City Council."
At its last meeting, the council voted 5-to-3 against accepting the investigation into public record. Moss, Ward 4 Councilwoman Sandra Kownacki, Ward 2 Councilwoman Michelle Hohmeier and Ward 1 Councilwomen Doris Borgelt and Cricky Lang cast the opposing votes.
Those councilmembers have questioned the validity of the investigation, claiming everything in the report was hearsay and that the investigator used "leading" questions. Also at issue is whether or not Boone filed a formal complaint with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights.
Patch has been unable to obtain a copy of the complaint through the commission. And Boone, the acting city administrator and the city attorney weren't able to be reached last week.
Meanwhile, Chet Pleban, Moss' attorney, asked the council in an email to let Moss conduct his own investigation, which would include taking sworn statements from the mayor, the acting city administrator, the independent investigator and Boone.
"Let Ken go on and conduct his investigation with his attorney's assistance," Moritz replied to the email request. "That action is referred to as a lawsuit."
The council has three options regarding the complaint: it could do nothing; it could censure Moss, which is essentially a warning; or it could vote to draft a bill of impeachment against Moss.
Thursday's city council meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Arnold City Hall.
See previous articles:
- Arnold Council Votes Down Acceptance of Harassment Investigation
- Harassment Claim Has Merit, According to Independent Investigation
- Arnold Employee Files Harassment Complaint Against Councilman
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