Auxvasse Alderman Resigns After Drug Arrest

7 years 1 week 4 days ago Wednesday, November 09 2011 Nov 9, 2011 Wednesday, November 09, 2011 2:12:00 PM CST November 09, 2011 in News
By: Garrett Bergquist
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AUXVASSE - This city's mayor confirmed Wednesday the city council accepted the resignation of one of its aldermen Tuesday night.

George "Trey" Baumgartner, who represented Auxvasse's south ward, was asked by the council to resign after being arrested for distribution of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia on Friday. Auxvasse mayor Kevin Phares said the council accepted Baumgartner's resignation unanimously. Baumgartner was not present when the vote was taken.

Callaway County Prosecutor Chris Wilson said his office has not filed charges yet because sheriff's deputies are still dealing with the paperwork stemming from the arrest. He said it will probably be another 2 to 4 weeks before a case is filed. Callaway County Sheriff's Department officials did not return KOMU 8's calls about the investigation.

Phares said there are no plans to replace Baumgartner on the council yet. Since Baumgartner's seat is up for reelection in April, Phares said the city may just let it sit empty until then. The south ward has another member on the council, so it won't go unrepresented. Phares said if anyone was interested in filling the seat before April, they would need to be approved by the council.

"We hope we get somebody that's honest and drug-free, and works hard," Phares said.

Potential candidates for Baumgartner's former seat have until January 14 to declare their candidacy.

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