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Oronogo Mayor refuses to resign at citizens request

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Some Oronogo residents were calling for the resignation of Mayor Robert Pearish.

A packed room listened as Pearish addressed citizens after being asked to resign from his position, due to a DWI arrest.

"Citizens have that right...whether it be on the local or federal level and we want to exercise that right." says Kobie Langford, a former Oronogo Council Member.

On My 8 2013, Pearish was arrested, then charged with driving while intoxicated. According to the police report, his blood alcohol content was .097, exceeding the 0.08 blood alcohol limit in Missouri.
On January 8th, 2014...he was found guilty, and given two years suspension.

Langford came before the council asking for pearish's impeachment by the council, some stood in support, while others stood behind pearish.

"People make mistakes, and we realize that. However, when you're a person in leadership, it's important to hold yourself to a higher level of accountability. And if the mayor isn't going to do that...then we will." Langford says.

"Judge not and least you be judged. And if he does it again, then I would have a problem with it." says Oronogo Resident, Jane Beard.

The mayors position is an elected position and Pearish is up for re-election this year. Which is something his fellow council members say is perfectly legal to do.

"Oronogo needs to take a new direction from the course that we're on, and that's why I put my name in the running for mayor." says Mayor Pro-Tem, Bob Russell.

According to Alderman Russell, Pearish addressed the situation of his DWI case at a prior meeting, and made a statement that he would resign if found guilty.

Pearish said that he was not guilty because the case was not taken to trial.
According to court documents...Pearish did not respond to the charge, but was found guilty by the court.

"Until we find out all the facts as to what's going on, I really don't want to make a judgement call on that." Russell said.

"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 for the people of the town i'm in." Beard said.

In order for the city to impeach pearish, the city would have to conduct a separate trial and hearing, that would cost the city additional money. That motion was not made by any council members due to the election taking place this year.

Pearish has filed to  is seek re-election for mayor in April. He did not respond to our calls for comment, and did not comment at the meeting.


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