Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sunset Hills Aldermen Give First Review to Measures That Could Oust Mayor

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sunset Hills Aldermen Give First Review to Measures That Could Oust Mayor

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SUNSET HILLS * The Sunset Hills mayor's troubles worsened Tuesday night when the Board of Aldermen introduced two bills that could lead to his impeachment.

One bill that got a first reading would allow for the removal of elected officials. The second would allow for the hiring of special counsel to advise the board on potential impeachments.

The measures were introduced without comment from the aldermen, but they come a month after the board approved a vote of no- confidence in Mayor Mark Furrer.

Furrer, 60, faces two felony charges for allegedly running a bicyclist off the road in July and getting into an altercation with the man.

Furrer has denied the allegations and has said he will not resign his seat.

Before the meeting Tuesday, Alderman Dee Baebler said she had issues with the mayor beyond his legal problems.

She said that during a closed board session two weeks ago, Furrer threatened to sue the aldermen and bankrupt them if they tried to impeach him.

Baebler also said the mayor tried to force out the longtime and popular police chief, William LaGrand. When the chief refused to resign, the mayor uninvited him to city functions and told the chief to work the night shift, she said.

Furrer admitted after the meeting Tuesday that he had told the aldermen he would take legal action if they tried to oust them, but he denied other claims that he said are being made about what was said in the closed board session.

"I said I'd sue them," Furrer said. "I never said I'd bankrupt them. A lot of mistruths and exaggerations are being said. I said I'm going to fight it. I'll sell my house if I need to."

Furrer also said that he has a lot of support in the community that elected him to office in April in a write-in campaign.

He said he feels he's "being railroaded with false accusations."

The crowd in the board chambers spilled out into the lobby and included a group of bicyclists. …

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