Meeting could determine if Villa Hills mayor stays in office
8:07 AM, Sep 7, 2012
VILLA HILLS, Ky. - The Villa Hills mayor embroiled in scandal could be removed from office based on the results of a Friday vote by the city council.
A special meeting has been scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. by the Villa Hills City Council to approve the criminal charges Mayor Mike Martin is facing for allegedly burning city documents. Also, the council will set a date for a later hearing about the charges.
The meeting was moved to Friday after Martin changed the agenda of a special council meeting held Wednesday where council was expected to vote on whether to hold a hearing where Martin could be voted out of office. Mayor Martin says he never approved the original agenda, but city council accused the mayor of stalling those plans to protect his seat.
The mayor faces charges of burning and shredding city documents after the details of a yearlong investigation were released. Martin says he wasn't present when the latest documents were destroyed. Council members allege Martin is in violation of Kentucky's Open Records Act.
Martin calls the process an unfair witch hunt with a price tag.
It would take a unanimous vote by all six city council members to have Martin voted out of office.
If a public hearing is scheduled at Friday's meeting, all six members will have to give testimony as well as the mayor himself. Council will then take a vote to decide the mayor's fate.
The special meeting will be held Friday at 7 p.m. the Villa Hills city building, 719 Rogers Road.
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