ELLISVILLE, Mo. (KMOX) – Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul says the firing of city manager Kevin Bookout had nothing to do with his impeachment or a two-year debate over tax incentives for Walmart.
“This isn’t a matter of revenge or of payback for what transpired or what was set forth against me,” the mayor says.
Monday, Bookout defended himself behind closed doors but the Ellisville City Council still voted to terminate him.
“The reasons of why he was terminated was a matter of personnel record and it can’t, at this time, be disclosed with the public,” Paul said.
The council voted to fire Bookout “without cause,” meaning he won’t receive severance pay. His severance would’ve been half of his $115,000 annual salary plus six months of benefits.
Paul says Bookout can still file for arbitration.
“I don’t think that would happen based on what has transpired and I think the city made the right decision,” Paul added.