City refuses to answer questions about Spiers

It’s a simple question: Is Scott Spiers a current resident of
Ward 1?
Spiers, appointed by Mayor Lance Green last year after the impeachment of Ward 1 Councilman Chris Keen, has missed three consecutive council meetings and also numerous committee meetings. The last meeting Spiers attended was Feb. 2.
Members in the community say he no longer lives in Richmond. Calls to his family residence and the Richmond City Clerk refer his residential status to Mayor Green. Green has not responded to Daily News requests about Spiers’ standing as a Ward 1 resident. Spiers returned a phone call from the newspaper on Tuesday, but hung up while on hold and didn’t call back.
Last month, Mayor Green said Spiers indicated to him that he was probably moving out of town, which would make him ineligible to serve or be re-elected as a Ward 1 councilman. However, Spiers is on the April 7 ballot along with challengers Bob Bond and Robert Cooper, who have been actively campaigning for the two-year term for Ward 1. Bond and Cooper also participated in last week’s candidates forum and supplied detailed information about their candidacy in a March 17 voters guide. Spiers did not.
Keen was impeached in June 2008 because he missed two consecutive council meetings and a committee meeting. Councilmen also said that Keen did not attend seminars that he signed up for, which cost the city money. Keen offered to pay back the city. Councilman Dave Powell and former Councilman Ralph Bennett were the only two councilmen who voted against Keen’s impeachment.
The time limit to change or delete a candidate’s name from the ballot has expired, according to the Missouri Secretary of State’s office.

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