Marionville mayor resigns after anti-Semitic comments

Marionville Mayor Dan Clevenger resigned tonight for making anti-Semitic comments in the wake of the arrest of Frazier Glenn Miller and after aldermen voted 4-1 to start the impeachment process.

Clevenger, 59, said he was personally hurt to hear resident after resident say he was an embarrassment to the city.

Aldermen met tonight to discuss the anti-Semitic statements made after the arrest of Frazier Glenn Miller in the fatal shootings of three people at Jewish organizations in suburban Kansas City.

Clevenger told the News-Leader in an article published Friday that he believes that Jews have played a role in hurting the American economy.

"The futures market, the federal reserve, the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health — every time I see that on the news, there are Jewish names and they run things," Clevenger told the News-Leader.

Clevenger's statements have prompted the resignation of Alderwoman Jessica Wilson and the city's attorney, Paul Link.

Link resigned Friday, effective April 30, according to the city clerk's office. The Lawrence County city of about 2,225 is about 25 miles southwest of Springfield.

Clevenger's comments have been denounced by the Anti-Defamation League in St. Louis, which was founded to stop the defamation of Jewish people.

Alderwoman Donna White had said Clevenger should resign. White said Clevenger thinks his comments are being blown out of proportion by a few people.

"I don't think he understands the position of mayor," White said.

Alderwoman Mary Ellen Brundle said Clevenger's statements were "abominable."

"They are so prejudiced," Brundle said.

Miller, 73, lived outside of Marionville. Clevenger has said that he was a friend of Miller but isn't anymore.

Miller has been charged in Kansas with the killings of William Lewis Corporon, 69, and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, who were shot and killed April 13 outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.

Shortly afterward, Terri LaManno, 53, the mother of a student at Missouri State University, was killed outside Village Shalom, a Jewish retirement center where she was visiting her mother. None of the victims were Jewish.


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