JOPLIN, MO.--- The City of Joplin plans to hire someone to look into the FBI file of a city council member. City leaders want to know if there's any information that needs to be shared with Joplin residents. That's why they voted unanimously to hire a person who will take a deeper look into the investigation.
The 2012 FBI investigation led to the bookmaking conviction of an individual who was renting property from Mayor Pro Tem Bill Scearce, that dates back to 2007 to 2011. Scearce says he was unaware of any criminal activity. Tonight, he along with the 8 other city council members voted in favor of hiring someone who will look at all of the FBI files in the matter. The mayor says the goal is to get all the information out there and bring the matter to rest.
"It's something that has been talked about and alluded to, but we want to make sure that everything's on the up and up. And actually, Mr. Scearce is for this investigation so he can make sure his name is cleared. And he wants the council to know that so we can move forward and do the business of growing Joplin," said Melodee Colbert-Kean, Joplin Mayor.
The city council has turned all the information over to the city attorney, who hopes to move forward with getting someone into the position as quickly as possible.
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