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Neosho Ethics Board discusses complaint against two city councilmen

Neosho Ethics Board discusses complaint against two city councilmen

Accusations of abuse of power and position within the City of Neosho Council has led to an investigation from the ethics board. Tonight that ethics board had a first hearing on the investigation involving two councilmen -- and many others were called to testify. Tensions between Neosho city officials and  the public were high as three members of the Neosho ethics board decide what, if any, penalities two neosho councilman could face.

"the only way a member of Neosho city council can be removed from office would be to violate the expressed prohibitions that are listed in the city's charter." says Neosho Mayor, Richard Davidson.

The complaint came to light from Derek Snyder,a previous resident of Neosho, who documented several instances where councilman Steve Hart and David Ruth overstepped their boundaries. The complaint includes supporting documentation, including emails and meeting minutes.

"Mr. Hart and Mr. Ruth had acted out on multiple occasions in a manor inconsistent with the values of neosho, and the duties which they are obligated to." Snyder testified to the Ethics Board.

Another instance comes from city manager, Troy Royer, who claims a physical altercation between him and Hart.
The altercation was not documented with the Neosho Police. Royer testified he did not feel it was necessary or appropriate.

"I have not taken the time to look into every allegation in that complaint to know where it fits in relation to the charter, but I would say a majority of them do NOT fall within a arrange that would allow them to be removed from office." Davidson explains to us.

Hart and Ruth were present at the meeting. They chose not to testify.

"it's improper for the board to question my clients, so Councilman Ruth and Councilman Hart will not be testifying this evening." their attorney, Bruce Copeland explained.

"we're not here to ask why someone did something or question the motives, we're here to see if an elected official did something wrong while serving the people of neosho." Davidson explained.

The board requested another meeting to continue investigating the allegations on Wednesday at 6:30 P.M.
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