Update: Neosho City Council Ethical Questions

By Bryan McLoone | bmcloone@nexstar.tv

Published 07/01 2014 09:41PM

Updated 07/01 2014 10:16PM

NEOSHO, MO.--- Mayor Richard Davidson says the city attorney hasn't had a chance to review the full tape yet. The conversation was recorded last April between Council Member Steve Hart and City Attorney Steve Hays. In the recording, which was released on June 13th, Hart used intense language as he tried to convince City Attorney Hayes to make a traffic ticket go away involving a resident who was riding a lawn mower on a city road. 

Hays refused to drop the traffic violation. Neosho Mayor Richard Davidson says at least one council member has asked City Attorney Steven Hays to review the conversation to see if any boundaries were crossed and if the recorded conversation is in conflict with the city's ethics clause. Mayor Davidson says until that happens, the discussion will stay on hold.

"The tape was about 16 minutes long. There were a number of conversations and a number of things that bring up a whole realm of possible conflicts that need to be looked into and certainly don't want to do that, take those lightly or do it hastily and miss something," said Richard Davidson, Neosho Mayor.

Mayor Davidson says he hopes the city attorney will be able to review the recording so that a discussion can take place at the next council meeting.

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