Lawyer Hired to Address Special Wildwood Hearing
An attorney from Armstrong Teasdale will lead an investigational public hearing Wednesday evening regarding whether one city council member violated Missouri's Sunshine Law and the City Charter.
Armstrong Teasdale attorney Jeff McPherson will lead city staffers and council members through a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Wildwood's city council chambers, prompted by a complaint that a May 19 e-mail sent by city council member Holly Parks, Ward 2, violated Wildwood's City Charter and Missouri's Sunshine Law.
The e-mail came after a series of events that happened when city council candidate David Hamrick was unable to assume his term for Ward 1 after moving out of state for employment reasons post-election.
The hearing will investigate all aspects of the matter, said McPherson, who was hired by the city for $10,000 to provide legal advice and to guide the hearing's format.
Wildwood city council members invited written comments from the public concerning these alleged violations. Comments were due by 5 p.m. on July 14. Wildwood deputy city administrator Lynne Greene-Beldner confirmed that the only written documentation received was from the complaintant, Wildwood's special counsel hired to handle the matter, and counsel representation for Parks.
For additional background about this matter, read four prior Eureka-Wildwood Patch articles:
Wildwood Council Member Says She Did Not Violate Sunshine Law, published June 14.
Wildwood Ethics: City Council Member Accused Of Violating Open Meeting Laws, published June 30.
Wildwood Ethics: More Action Taken, published July 1.
Sunshine Law: Top 10 Points, published July 1.