Judge Rules Ellisville Mayor Must Be Reinstated
ELLISVILLE, Mo. (KMOX) – Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul has gotten his job back, at least temporarily. On Monday, almost two months to the day Paul was impeached St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge David Lee Vincent III order a temporary injunction against the impeachment.
Mayor Adam Paul spoke to KMOX’s Mark Reardon this afternoon. Listen below:
Vincent ruled the council failed to give Paul time to prepare a defense, and also cited the fact that the city attorney worked with council members who opposed Paul in preparing the charges.
“The above facts indicate that Paul may have been improperly removed as Mayor by the City Council,” Vincent said in the ruling.
“Judge Vincent saw exactly how my attorneys have been seeing it for quite sometime,” Paul told KMOX. “He instantly saw that (John) Maupin was the hearing officer and the attorney for the individual council members. There was so much that wasn’t right.”
Paul says a final order to reinstate him will likely come in 3 to six months, but until then he is the mayor of Ellisville.
Matt Pirrello, a former mayor, has been mayor pro tem since Paul’s ouster. The council voted in May to have a special election in November to fill Paul’s four-year term.
Paul was elected in April 2012 after a campaign opposing use of tax subsidies for a WalMart project. He was ousted a year later, for allegedly illegally communicating with a Walmart developer and failing to keep control over council meetings, among other charges.