Perryville Board of Aldermen vote to uphold removal of city administrator

By Christy Hendricks - email

PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) - The Perryville Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to uphold the removal of the city administrator Tuesday night.
The final vote to remove Bill Lewis came two weeks after the board voted to remove him.
Lewis had requested a public hearing.  He addressed the board and several Perryville residents who attended the city council meeting Tuesday night.
Lewis says he was targeted by board members after he refused to reimburse an alderman for alcohol consumption and proposed a salary increase for city workers.
Lewis also alleges he was discriminated against because of his age and a medical condition.
"I feel like I've been singled out for trying to do what's right," Lewis said. "There's certain things when you spend tax payers' money you spend them for.  It's not like a free checkbook that you can do whatever you want with it and you have to be good stewards of that.  Also I feel like the employees have not gotten a fair shake here."
"We're continuing to do the business of the city," said Perryville Mayor Deborah Gahan.  We're acting in the same manner we were before.  We're a progressive town and we're doing the very best we can."

Mayor Gahan would not comment on the grounds for Lewis's dismisal citing personnel matters. 

The city had hired a consulting firm to conduct a job evaluation on Lewis.
Lewis's attorney, Robert Sweeney tells Heartland News that he will bring legal action against the board because he believes the job evaluation was conducted unfairly.
Mayor Gahan says the city will begin a search for a new city administrator.  City Clerk Tracy Prost serves as the acting city administrator.