Newly elected mayor barred from entering City Hall on first day: ‘I want the keys!’

Arriving for her first day at the office, the newly elected mayor of a St. Louis-area town found an unexpected welcoming committee waiting for her: the local police. And their reception was anything but welcoming.

Kinloch, Mo., Mayor Betty McCray was barred from entering City Hall and told she had been suspended and that the Board of Aldermen intends to impeach her and newly-elected Alderman Eric Petty over voter fraud allegations, according to Mediaite.

McCray won the April 7 election with 38 votes to her main opponent’s 18. When the Board of Aldermen refused to swear her in, a St. Louis County Circuit Court clerk did the honors Tuesday, Fox News affiliate KTVI reported.

“I won. The people spoke,” McCray said as City Attorney James Robinson served her papers and blocked from City Hall, according to video shot by KTVI. “I was sworn in by the St. Louis County. Today I take office. I want them out, I want the keys.”

Robinson greeted McCray with an envelope containing the articles of impeachment, which she refused to accept, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

“You may be the attorney now, but I promise you won’t be later,” McCray told Robinson.

Kinloch, which has fewer than 300 residents, is “marked by pilfered coffers, shady land deals and increasingly bitter fights over the last remnants of political power,”  the Post-Dispatch reported.

City officials gave the Election Board a list of 27 names of people who supposedly no longer lived in Kinloch.

McCray called concerns about illegally registered voters “absurd.”

“It never came up until I ran for mayor,” she said.


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