Susie Boone, Arnold's parks and recreation director, has gone public alleging Ward 4 Councilman Ken Moss has harassed her for more than two years, according to Arnold City Attorney Bob Sweeney.
Boone recently filed a complaint with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights regarding the matter, Sweeney told Patch. Matt Unrein, Arnold's former city administrator, received Boone's first memo on the issue in 2010.
The city council was informed of the complaint at a Sept. 20 closed council session, according to an Oct. 11 article in the Arnold-Imperial Leader. The harassment began after Moss' sister was fired from the parks and recreation department in 2010, Sweeney told the weekly newspaper. Moss denied the allegations.
Both Boone and Moss declined to comment on the issue, deferring Patch to their attorneys — respectively, Sweeney and Chet Pleban, a St. Louis County attorney. Robert Shockey, the city's police chief and acting city administrator, also declined comment on the matter.
Ward 1 Councilwoman Doris Borgelt took issue with the Sept. 20 closed session at the city's Oct. 4 meeting saying that it was an attempt to oust a fellow city council member. And in an unprecedented move, the council voted 5-to-3 against going into a closed session meeting on Oct. 4, claiming it was uninformed as to what was to be discussed.
Sweeney said the council has three options: 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.
"Drafting a bill of impeachment would be a dramatic, drastic decision, which would require require the council to hold a trial and vote on impeachment," Sweeney told Patch.
Meanwhile, the city has retained a St. Louis County firm to investigate the allegations, Sweeney said. The investigation is expected to be complete by the end of the month.
"As I understand it, the investigation is progressing on schedule," Sweeney said. "I suspect it will be made public since it in is regards to a public official elected to office."
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