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New problems for the mayor of Troy because of a huge salary increase

TROY, Mo. — Ron Sconce, the mayor of Troy, Missouri, is facing new problems over his recent pay rise.

A citizen pointed to a decision by the Missouri Ethics Committee that raises new questions about the pay rise the mayor voted on. His salary went from $12,000 to $32,000.

The mayor cast a vote that broke a 3-3 alderman tie for the pay rise. The vote took place on April 4, the evening before the election.

Under Section 79.120 of the Missouri State Statute, “The mayor shall have a seat on and preside over the council of aldermen, but shall not vote on any matter except in the case of a tie, nor shall he preside or vote if he is a prospect.”

During an interview with FOX 2’s Elliott Davis last week, Sconce said, “Sometimes we make decisions that are very, very difficult. It may not be in our best interest, but I felt like I was in the best interests of the city, whoever might be sitting in that seat.”

The mayor said he gets the raise because he fills the role of mayor and city manager.

“I made it clear to them that in the absence of a city manager they should not raise the mayor’s salary if they hired one. But if you don’t do that, then whoever is in that seat after that election, not knowing who that might be, deserves to be compensated for the time it takes to fulfill the duties.” Sconce told the council of aldermen ahead of the April vote.

In a letter dated Sept. 8, the Missouri Ethics Committee wrote of a mayor who holds both duties: “Accordingly, the bylaws prohibit the mayor from retaining his elected office and assuming the position and/or duties of city manager for any consideration.”

April Bryant, a resident interviewed by FOX 2’s You Paid For It team last week, said she plans to file an ethics lawsuit against the mayor and contact the attorney general.

Darrell Huffman has his own plan of action.

“I’m going to the next board meeting,” Huffman said. “I will ask that they reverse this raise due to the inappropriateness. Looks like something went wrong.”

https://fox2now.com/news/you-paid-for-it/new-troubles-for-troy-mayor-over-huge-pay-hike/ New problems for the mayor of Troy because of a huge salary increase

Nate Jones

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