Wellston Council impeaches mayor in unanimous vote

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) – Wellston Mayor Linda Whitfield has been impeached Tuesday night, two weeks before Election Day.

The City Council voted 4-0 around midnight to impeach Whitfield, who was not present at the meeting.

She came to the hearing, tried to veto the process from happening, she was overruled and then she walked out.

According to documents released to NewsChannel 5, Mayor Linda Whitfield is accused of increasing her salary, hiring employees and spending money without city council approval.

In December 2012, she presented Officer James Kenner to the council to approve for temporary work with the police department. Council never approved him, but according to court documents he was paid more than $16,000 over a six-month span. Councilman Samuel Shannon says the mayor authorized that payment without anyone else's knowledge.

Her attorney has talked about filing a court appeal of the proceedings.


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