Wellston mayor to learn fate Thursday

WELLSTON, Mo. - The embattled Wellston mayor will learn Thursday whether she gets to keep her job.

Mayor Linda Whitfield was impeached in March over a long list of accusations of unethical behavior. Some of them include trying to impede police investigations and improper spending of taxpayer dollars.

But, less than two weeks after her impeachment, Whitfield was re-elected. Before the impeachment, the city council passed an ordinance stating no one who had been impeached could serve in the same position.

On Tuesday the city took its case to a St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge. The city attorney made the case that because of the ordinance, "[Whitfield] can't serve as mayor again. It's that simple."

But, Whitfield's attorney is fighting the ordinance, calling it unconstitutional and "retrospective," since it was passed after Whitfield filed to be on the ballot for mayor.

After hearing the evidence, the judge announced he would make a ruling in the case on Thursday, saying he reviewed the case file "extensively" before Tuesday's hearing.


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