The fate of Johnnie Franzeskos as Lake Ozark’s mayor hangs in the balance as aldermen flip-flop over an impeachment hearing.


The fate of Johnnie Franzeskos as Lake Ozark’s mayor hangs in the balance as aldermen flip-flop over an impeachment hearing.
In the past two weeks, aldermen approved an impeachment hearing, postponed it and now there’s a revised agenda to include a resolution to adopt a petition for the impeachment proceedings to continue.
According to city officials, Alderman Susan Drummond asked for the revision, which was seconded by Alderman Jeff Van Donsel. Drummond was asked to bring the resolution to City Hall by 5 p.m. Monday for it to be included in meeting packets.
Two weeks ago, Drummond charged Franzeskos with violating the Sunshine Law after he allegedly told her information from an executive session nearly two years ago.
Aldermen voted to proceed with having an impeachment hearing on a 3-1 vote, including Drummond, Van Donsel, and Alderman Robert Davis, who said he wanted  to allow Franzeskos the opportunity to defend himself against the charges. Alderman Judy Neels voted against, and Larry Buschjost and Don Langley were out of town.
The hearing was scheduled for Monday, Jan. 25. On Friday, Jan. 22, just days before the scheduled hearing, aldermen met behind closed doors for a special, executive, meeting. When they returned to open session, they announced they voted to ‘postpone’ the impeachment hearing.
On Monday afternoon the revised agenda, for Tuesday night’s regular meeting was sent out.
No other information about the resolution was available as of press time.
Franzeskos said he knew the issue was not over.
“We’ll just have to see what happens,” he said.
Drummond was not available for comment. In a previous interview, she did say she would see this through to the end, and in the same interview, predicted the city would have a new mayor in a month.

 

Contact this Lake Sun reporter at deanna.wheeler@lakesunonline.com

 

TIMELINE


Tuesday, Jan. 12 - Susan Drummond charges Mayor Johnnie Franzeskos with violating Missouri’s Sunshine Law. Asks the board to approve holding an impeachment hearing. The motion was put forth by Drummond and seconded by Jeff Van Donsel.
Yes - Susan Drummond, Jeff Van Donsel, Robert Davis
No - Judy Neels
Absent - Larry Buschjost, Don Langley

Friday, Jan. 22 - A special meeting is held for the purpose of discussing legal. Aldermen meet in executive session. When they return, it is announced they voted to postpone the impeachment hearing to allow for further consideration. The motion was put forth by Larry Buschjost and seconded by Judy Neels.
Yes - Larry Buschjost, Judy Neels, Susan Drummond, Jeff Van Donsel, Robert Davis
No - 
Absent - Don Langley

Monday, Jan. 25 - A revised agenda is sent out to include a resolution “to adopt petition to commence impeachment proceedings.” Susan Drummond asked to have the item added to the agenda; Jeff Van Donsel seconded it. No further information about the resolution was available as of press time.

Tuesday, Jan. 26 - Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen will begin at 6 p.m. at City Hall.