RICHMOND HEIGHTS, MO (KMOX) – A day after Ellisville City Council members were forced to drop charges against Mayor Adam Paul of drinking alcohol on the job, using profanity, and recording closed meetings, Paul went on the offensive.
In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Paul sat aside his attorney Chet Pleban and called the impeachment attempt “the worst PR for our city” and “an epic waste of time and money.”
Paul took a polygraph test to prove he didn’t drink vodka at city meetings, as council members alleged, and offered to pay for lie detector tests for any city council person who wants to refute his claims.
According to the mayor, the saga began last April when he won the mayoral election. “I was the unexpected child. I wasn’t supposed to happen,” he said, claiming council members immediately had an axe to grind and he was their target. The council then began “throwing things against the wall and seeing what sticks.”
As for his client’s pending impeachment hearing on March 27, Pleban said he is confident Paul will be impeached and one of his accusers will be the interim mayor. “This was planned long-term,” he said. Paul added that he will run for mayor again if impeached.
When asked if a defamation lawsuit against the City of Ellisville is imminent, Pleban said “it’s something we’re looking into.”