VILLA HILLS, Ky. - Villa Hills' Mayor Mike Martin is suing the city and its council members.
The complaint he submitted on Wednesday says that the mayor is also seeking an injunction against the council that has scheduled a removal hearing for him on Monday.
In the complaint Martin said city council is violating his rights for not allowing him to preside over the removal hearing.
The mayor's lawsuit asks that four council members, in particular, be individually liable for the over $50,000 in "special counsel" attorney fees Martin said the city's accumulated illegally. He calls their actions "vindictive".
"The mayor does not oppose the removal hearing," Martin's attorney Todd McMurtry said. "The mayor only wants to see that the removal hearing is conducted according to law in Kentucky and we really have a legal dispute, we don't have a personal dispute, and have legal dispute on how things are to be handled."
"He wants to be the presiding officer even though the vote would be yes or no to remove him," Special Counsel attorney Phil Taliaferro said. "It's very much like Bill Clinton demanding Congress to say, 'Oh I want to be the judge or presiding officer over my own impeachment hearing.'"
The hearing on the injunction is scheduled for Friday at 9 a.m. in Kenton Circuit Court.
Judge Patricia Summe will decide whether the removal hearing will go on as scheduled, and if it does, who will run that hearing.