POPLAR BLUFF, MO (AP) – A long-time Poplar Bluff city manager has been ousted by a new crop of elected leaders.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 64-year-old City Manager Doug Bagby was escorted from City Hall Monday night by Poplar Bluff police after the council voted to fire him. Bagby said he wasn’t given a reason for the dismissal.
New Mayor Angela Pearson has wrangled with Bagby over his paid position on the board of a bank that does business with the southeast Missouri city but abstained from voting on the termination, though she did attend the closed meeting.
Pearson is a 31-year-old political novice who helped elect three allies in April. Bagby sued the mayor for defamation after she criticized some city contracts and complained to state and federal officials.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com