I just received this info, and I’ll add to it by reporting that new members were elected to Lexington (MO) City Council in a write-in campaign this past April.
As I pointed out back in 2017, when concerned citizens were first proposing that Joe Aull be hired as city administrator, he would have been in a far stronger position had he run for mayor instead. As an elected official, he couldn’t have been removed from office on specious grounds for undisclosed motives, and against the will of most Lexington residents.
I’ll continue watching developments back in the old hometown, but it seems to me that nothing much has changed at Lexington City Hall.
See the MEC finding in re Joe Aull below. (Thanks, Merl Nelson, for sending this to me.)
(Kansas City Star photo)
My comment on the KCTV5 website follows below:
Back in the flood of ’93, the Lexington water plant did go offline for a short time. As I recall, various fire departments in surrounding towns and rural fire districts brought in plenty of fresh drinking water. This latest flood is nothing new for Lexington residents. What is new is that the city is now running its own water department, and back in ’93 it was a private company. Speaking as a former city councilman (I now live in Colorado), I have my doubts about the city’s competence to deal with a real crisis. City hall in my old hometown continues to shoot itself in the foot, most recently by firing a highly qualified city administrator. Good luck to everyone!
Back in 2017, the city administrator resigned and took a similar position in the neighboring city of Richmond, in the midst of a lot of controversy at Lexington City Hall.
After many moons, concerned citizens thought they had persuaded the new mayor and city council to hire Joe Aull as city administrator. Certainly a highly qualified person, with deep ties to the town. At the time, I suggested that Mr. Aull would likely run into difficulties as city administrator, in a form of municipal government in which the mayor has all of the power (subject to council approval).
I wasn’t entirely surprised to see this news yesterday, a couple of months late (I don’t follow news from the old hometown as closely now as I once did): Joe Aull out as Lexington City Administrator from KMZU.
Residents in the small town of Lexington, MO (population less than 5,000) are apparently scratching their heads, and the explanation given on the city’s website is lacking in specifics. See below:
(Click on image to enlarge.)
It is frankly unbelievable to me, as one who knows how crooked Lexington City Hall has been at times, that anyone of Mr. Aull’s extensive political experience as a state representative for several terms could run afoul of ethics rules.
I smell a rat . . . And there is probably more than one rat between the current mayor and city council members, unfortunately.
If any Lexington, MO residents read this post, please leave a comment with details of what’s going on back there, and you can do so anonymously.
I’m so tired of reading dumb comments from Boulder snowflakes suffering terribly from White Guilt. Let me tell you what happened in my perfect world of White Privilege one summer night back in 1972, when I was a lad of 16:
There was a rock concert featuring local talent being held in the parking lot of one of the old hometown’s supermarkets. Hundreds of kids were there, from Lexington, MO and surrounding towns. A black kid my age from LHS decided to try and rob me.
Some background on young Josh during his brief time in Lexington, MO: His daddy was president of one of the local banks, the family was active in the United Methodist Church there, and Josh NEVER attended Lexington High School — instead commuting all the way to private Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, MO (40 miles each way).
He has led a charmed life, so far . . .
I happened upon it today, and can’t honestly say I’m surprised that Lexington, MO — a small rural town that has always celebrated its Confederate heritage — attracts an extremist like this guy:
Anti-immigrant activist Craig Nelsen resurfaces in Missouri, attempting to start boxing club for opioid addicts.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is a resource I don’t check as often as I should. As to why Mr. Nelsen came to Lexington, that’s because s*** draws flies. Lest you doubt what the upper crust in my old hometown is all about:
Civil War Ball in Lexington, MO
Okay, I admit adding the caption to a photo taken by someone else, but it points out the hypocrisy of cherry-picking only romantic aspects of antebellum life, which was BRUTAL AND DEGRADING for the African slaves who built the wealth of prominent families there. The descendants of those slaveholders continue to be high profile residents, more than 150 years after the Confederacy’s ignominious surrender to Gen. Grant, and many other white folks can hardly bear to acknowledge the fact that the state of Missouri NEVER seceded to join the traitors.
Now, some benighted residents act surprised at the chickens coming home to roost.
Come to think of it, this BS was taking place while I was recuperating from my heart attack in December of 2017, and also lacked access to the Internet. (Rather than edit the title of this post, I’ll put my creeping memory deficit on full display.)
I’ll presume that the City of Lexington rejected Nelsen’s crackpot scheme . . .