New Kinloch mayor blocked by police from entering city hall

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KINLOCH, MO (KTVI) – Our Fox 2 cameras were the only ones there as the newly-elected Kinloch mayor was greeted by police for her first day on the job.

Betty McCray was not only prevented from entering city hall, she was also told she’d been impeached before she got a chance to start.

McCray ran for mayor in the April 7 election and won.

“I won. The people spoke,” McCray said. “I was sworn in by the St. Louis County. Today I take office. I want them out, I want the keys.”

After the election results were certified earlier this week by the St. Louis County Board of Elections, Kinloch’s outgoing administration refused to allow the city clerk to give McCray the oath of office, claiming voter fraud.

“Today is the first day that that the city hall door has been unlocked. They keep it locked,” McCray said. “You got to beat and you got to bang (to get in). They have an officer police sitting right at the door.”

On Thursday, McCray was ready to start on the job, but was met with strong resistance. Fox 2 was there with McCray when she showed up at city hall, where she was greeted by more than 20 Kinloch police officers.

One officer attempted to prevent himself from being filmed by pushing a camera away. No one was being allowed inside city hall, including the elected mayor.

Kinloch city attorney James Robinson informed McCray she had been impeached. However, the city refused to tell the new mayor the articles of impeachment.

“You have been served with articles of impeachment that were put in the mail,” said attorney James Robinson.

Mayor McCray said she will file an injunction with St. Louis County courts and return to Kinloch City Hall Friday and try to enter the building again.

Update:  A lawyer for Kinloch says he misspoke after this story aired.  He says the new mayor is not impeached, she is suspended.  They realized there is a process that the city must go through before they can impeach her.  He says the mayor has been served with articles of impeachment on Thursday.  Newly-elected mayor Mayor Betty McCray says she never got them.  Kinloch cannot hold an impeachment hearing until 30 days after the papers are served.

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