ORONOGO, MO.--- Tonight, Oronogo residents called for the mayor to resign. On January 8th, a judge found Mayor Robert Pearish guilty of a May 2013 DWI charge. Oronogo residents claim Pearish promised to resign if convicted, so tonight one resident asked him to step down. Pearish declined to be interviewed on camera, but repeatedly said during the meeting he would not step down. His decision drew mixed reactions from the crowd.
"He did promise to step down last year if he were found guilty, and he was. So I was asking him to keep his word and actually step down," said Kobie Langford, Oronogo Resident.
"Sometimes I've been guilty of saying something, and then thought it over, and thought that may not be the best thing for what I'm elected to do for the people of the town I'm in," said Jane Beard, Oronogo Resident.
The council ultimately decided paying for the impeachment process is unnecessary with an upcoming election for mayor in April. Mayor Pearish plans to run for mayor again. If he's reelected, resident Kobie Langford plans to start a petition for impeachment.
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