Ex-councilman allegedly poses as acting mayor

A former Richmond official allegedly misrepresented himself recently to a national organization.
Former Richmond City Councilman Christopher Keen attended a May 13-16 Young Elected Officials Network in Washington, D.C., according to YEO Director Andrew Gillum. Keen represented himself as Richmond’s acting mayor, told the group the city council would swear him in as permanent mayor May 17 and eventually offered the group a financial contribution, Gillum alleges.
“Because of the commitment that the Young Elected Officials Network gives to the community (from) all who belong to the network, it is time that I give back to that organization that shows the upmost (sic) compassion and determination for our country,” Keen wrote in a signed letter to Gillum. “Therefore I am pleased to give a financial gift in the amount of $100,000, to further the mission, vision and future of this network.”
Keen’s signature bears the title “City Councilman/Acting Mayor.” He hasn’t held office since the 2008 Richmond City Council voted him from his newly won Ward I seat for missing excessive meetings and work sessions.
Full story is in the Wednesday, June 2, 2010 edition of The Daily News

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