KENNETT, MO (KFVS) - Kennett's mayor has issued a statement regarding recent closed meetings.
In the statement, Mayor Jake Crafton says city leaders believe the citizens of Kennett deserve to know what their city officials are doing.
"It is certain that this incident would NOT have been reported and NO action would have been taken had the mayor's office not learned about it through the rumor mill," according to Crafton. "This is a major incident and any criminal actions will be prosecuted. The Mayor's office assures the Citizens of Kennett that your elected officials will do their best to keep the integrity of our community intact."
According to Crafton a vote was taken by the council in closed session on Wednesday rehire Barry Tate as police chief but under the condition that he would step down immediately from that position. The motion passed 5-4, one member of the council was not in attendance and the mayor was not allowed to veto the decision.
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