Update (4/19/18): DEVELOPING: A newly elected Joplin City Council member who resigned yesterday over a previous drug conviction has rescinded that resignation today. Josh Bard was charged in 2005 for manufacturing a controlled substance. State law says a person isn't eligible to be a *candidate* for local or state office they have plead guilty or been found guilty of a felony. Bard tells us today that he is no longer resigning from City Council because he is no longer a City Council *candidate* but now a City Council *member*. Plenty more details head your way this evening.
Joplin City Council Member Steps Down After Revelations of Drug Convictions
Newly elected Joplin City Council member Joshua Bard has resigned from council. Bard confirmed to KOAM that his resignation is connected to a drug conviction from 2005.
Mayor Gary Shaw tells us the council will begin accepting applications for a new council member, and that member will be selected by the council. He hopes to address the now vacant seat as early as the next meeting.
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