Special Meeting Held to Discuss Allegations Against Duquesne Mayor

By Felicia Lawrence

Published 08/13 2014 09:45PM

Updated 08/13 2014 10:17PM

DUQUESNE, MO.--- The allegations were presented by Duquesne Alderwoman Lisa Daugherty. Members of the Duquesne Aldermen Board are accusing the mayor of failing to properly discharge duties. The purpose of tonight's meeting was to discuss the accusations, however, Mayor Denny White was unable to attend for medical reasons. In an open letter, Duquesne Alderwoman Daughtry described four allegations. The first says the mayor requested that a city worker demolish a structure without notifying the worker the building may have asbestos. 

The second accuses the mayor of not first referring to the city street commissioner before giving work orders. The third allegation, the mayor directed a city worker to mow a resident's lot, using city property for non-city purposes. The last accuses the mayor of not taking proper action to ensure the Duquesne Police Department had functioning vehicles after a high-speed chase damaged three of the four police cars back in June. Due to the mayor's inability to attend the meeting, the city attorney is advising the board of aldermen, they should first wait to speak with the mayor about the accusations.

"The next steps will be to, we will have a meeting with, we will have a hearing with, I guess, with the mayor present. And we will let him address the allegations. And we will go from that point, pending advice from our attorney," said Roger Bone, Duquesne Mayor Pro-Tem.

No date has been set for that special hearing. The city's next regularly scheduled meeting will be Monday, September 8th. At this point, the aldermen are waiting for Mayor White's health to improve. The public still has yet to hear the mayor's response to the allegations.

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