Ethics Complaint Dismissed Against Former Mayor Stephens

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- An ethics complaint against former Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens was dropped, his attorney confirmed Monday.

James Owen, Stephen's attorney, said the Missouri Ethics Commission dismissed the complaint filed by the Springfield Police Officer's Association and others on Friday.

The complaint alleged that Stephens misused a city car for campaign purposes during last year's Christmas parade.

Stephens said he just had signs on the car identifying himself and current Mayor Ken McClure, mayor pro tem at the time.

"The reality is the statues including the Missouri Ethics Commission don't allow them to investigate that issue and so if these aren't things that the Missouri Ethics Commission can look into, they shouldn't be doing their investigation at all," Owen said in an April interview.  

KOLR10 reached out to the SPOA in April but they were not available for comment at the time.


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