ST. ROBERT - The mayor of St. Robert faces impeachment following action Thursday night by the city's Board of Aldermen.
The board voted to draft procedures for the impeachment of elected officials and then voted to task the city attorney with drafting articles of impeachment against Mayor George Sanders.
Mayor Pro-tem Todd Williams said that the reasons for the actions are not being made public at this time.
The board's actions mean that the city is setting up procedures to be used in conducting an impeachment hearing and starting the process that would lead to the hearing. Williams said that an investigation will be conducted and after the mayor is presented with the the results, an impeachment hearing will be held.
If the Board of Aldermen votes to impeach Sanders, he could be removed from office. The city could then opt to carry on without filling the position or holding a special election to choose a new mayor.
Sanders is a longtime city official. He was elected to the board of aldermen in 1992 and elected mayor in 2005.
The city two weeks ago terminated City Administrator Alan Clark and Planning Administrator Lyle Thomas. This came after it was announced that Sanders was taking a 90-day leave of absence.
A hearing was also held on Clark's termination, but he did not attend. Williams said Clark instead sent an attorney to represent him at the hearing, but this is not allowed.
Williams said the ongoing controversy would not affect the city's day-to-operations.
"It's business as usual for the city," he said. "There is no worry about the business of the city. We're still strong."