KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The mayor of Tracy, Mo., was removed from office Friday following trial in the Platte County Circuit Court, according to an announcement from Platte County Prosecutors.
Prosecutors filed a civil lawsuit against the Mayor Rita Rhoads on July 9, accusing her of nepotism.
According to court documents, Prosecutor Eric Zahnd accused the mayor hiring her son-in-law, Matthew Spores, on at least three occasions to do some maintenance work for the city of Tracy.
Spores repaired a sign and was paid $100 by the city. On at least two other instances, Spores was paid by the city for repairing a garage door and a water heater.
A witness testified that Rhoads said she didn’t care and that “they need the money,” referring to her daughter and son-in-law, according to prosecutors.
Judge Owens Lee Hull, Jr., ruled that Rhoads violated the Missouri Constitution, resulting in immediate removal from office.
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