Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Chesterfield Council Accuses Mayor of Profane, Objectionable Conduct

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Chesterfield Council Accuses Mayor of Profane, Objectionable Conduct

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CHESTERFIELD * Capping more than two months of closed-door meetings, the Chesterfield City Council has issued a report on the conduct of Mayor Bob Nation a prelude to a vote on whether to censure the top elected official in St. Louis County's second- largest municipality.

The findings of an independent investigation into Nation's behavior were released Monday after the city's regular City Council meeting.

In a "Resolution of Censure" the council expressed "its profound disappointment" with Nation for a profanity-laced encounter July 1 with an unidentified city official.

"The people of Chesterfield have a right to expect that the Mayor will in the future comport himself with honor and temperance and treat all with whom he interacts in the course of his duties with dignity and respect," the resolution reads.

Nation's actions, the resolution says, violated a city harassment ordinance prohibiting "verbal conduct which has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment."

The council has scheduled a special public meeting on Nov. 5 to discuss the findings of the report.

Nation is specifically charged with the violation of the "No Harassment Policy" and "Violation of the Conduct Policy."

The Nov. 5 meeting will culminate a series of events that began when a formal complaint by the employee prompted the council to appoint Clayton attorney Kevin O'Keefe to head an independent investigation into Nation's behavior.

Nation, the report says, acknowledged that he had "engaged in the conduct" described by the official.

Nation subsequently apologized to the employee in a voice mail and a separate email message. The apology did not mollify the official, whose name was redacted from the report.

The council additionally called Nation to task for another profanity-filled outburst, this one at a September breakfast meeting of St. Louis County mayors.

"Several council members and others made reference to this event as an example of Mayor Nation's possible tendency to intemperance, anger, inappropriate conduct and use of vulgarity," the report says.

The St. Louis County sales tax distribution formula precipitated the eruption, according to the report. …

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