Salem Council Says Mayor Must Forfeit Position
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on October 04, 2012 @ 11:40PM
Created on October 04, 2012 @ 11:16PM
Salem City Council voted 4-1 Thursday that Mayor Don Stamm must forfeit that office. Council came to that conclusion after a public hearing was held to determine whether Stamm lives in Salem City Limits.
City Attorney Lisa Furbee-Ford and Satmm's Attorney Greg Schillace questioned representatives from the Harrison County Assessor and County Clerks office and the Department of Motor Vehicles about voter's registration and tax records.
At issue was whether Stamm lives in Salem or in Lake Floyd, and the interpretation of what constitutes a residence. Council sided with Ford's assertion that while owning property in Salem, Stamm's primary residence is in Lake Floyd.
Schillace objected at the outset of the meeting that council does not have the jurisdiction to decide whether Stamm is eligible. That matter is already before Judge Thomas Bedell in Harrison County Circuit Court.
If Bedell rules in Stamm's favor, Thursday's action by council would be voided. If he rules in Salem's favor, Stamm could appeal to the state supreme court.
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