THAYER -- Three Thayer councilmen say mayor Allen Deckard asked them to resign during closed session following the city council meeting last Nov. 14. They all refused.
Deckard refused to comment concerning the allegations. He said he was advised by an attorney not to comment.
The three council members who say Deckard asked them to resign are Buddy Rogers, Steve Alford and Mike Harber.
"I told him I was not going to resign," Harbor said. He said the mayor pointed right at the three of them and told them they could resign or face charges for meeting outside the council meeting.
Alford and Rogers both said they told the mayor that resigning might be a possibility. "Buddy and I both told him we thought about resigning. This has been nothing but a fight, all the time," Alford said.
"We were asked to resign because the mayor said the three of us were meeting outside city council meetings," Alford said. He said in the closed session meeting Deckard accused the trio of meeting at Buddy Rogers' Service Station. Alford denied ever meeting with the other two council members at Rogers' station or anywhere else to talk about city business.
Rogers echoed Alford's statements, adding, "I told the mayor the $200 salary a month I receive as a council member was not worth what went with the job."
All three council members said they had contacted attorney Bill Perkins of Thayer who advised them not to resign.
Richard Sheets with the Missouri Municipal League said an elected official or anyone else attending the closed session meeting could tell what occurred in the meeting after it was over. "Yes, they can. The same laws apply as the open meeting law. We think the people involved in the closed session meeting should refrain from blabbing," Sheets said.