FAIR GROVE, Mo. -- The Mayor of Fair Grove, Missouri has been impeached.
However, Tim Smith has not been removed from his seat just yet. The motion that passed Tuesday night by the Board of Aldermen is just an official bill of impeachment that starts the impeachment process.
No one knows why the process has started, and nobody has said why this motion was made.
Dennis Frame, President of the Board of Aldermen, was at Tuesday night's meeting. He says he's just as shocked as everyone else.
Frame says as the meeting began, "Immediately we had one of our alderman said, 'I make a motion to impeach the mayor.' The only thing last night was strictly that one sentence."
The motion was made by Alderman Ray Cook and seconded by Alderman Sherry Veach.
"It caught most people by surprise," says Frame.
Fair Grove native Stacey Burdette was also caught off guard.
"I just didn't hear anything. My family still lives here and I didn't hear anything."
Burdette once worked with Smith and like Frame, she thought Smith did his job well as mayor.
"He's a great guy to work with," says Burdette.
"He just attended to his duties very well," says Frame. "He's very helpful, all the little things. He's just what a mayor is supposed to be."
The motion passed 4-1, with just one vote in favor of not impeaching Smith -- cast by Frame.
"They don't need to give any reason, cause at all," he says.
The reason why leaves a lot of questions and speculation.
"The government of Fair Grove, the structure of it, who supervises the employees," adds Frame. "Who has legal authority to supervise in our community. That's it in a nutshell."
Smith's future as mayor will be decided June 11. That's when details must be provided.
you have to had cause when you're trying to impeach an official," says
Frame. "You can't just say, 'we think he's not doing a good job.' You have
to have specific reasons. Very specific and they have to very relate to the
good of the community."
KOLR10 News attempted to speak with the two aldermen who brought the motion to impeach. Ray Cook did not return calls and Sherry Veach answered, but hung up the phone.
Mayor Smith could not be reached for comment.