LaGrange City Council dismisses administrator, police officer

Posted: Aug. 15, 2012 5:39 pm Updated: Sep. 5, 2012 6:15 pm


LaGRANGE, Mo. -- Mayor Ronnie Powers of LaGrange said Wednesday neither City Administrator Mark Campbell or police officer Jason Powell knew they were going to be relieved of their duties before Monday night's City Council meeting.

Campbell and Powell were relieved of their duties in a decision made by the council, Powers said.

"The council's decision was to move in a new direction," Powers said. "The council felt it was time for a change."

Powers, who has been mayor since 2009 and a North Ward councilman before that, said economics played no factor in the dismissals. Powers also said the dismissals were immediate.

"We are now taking applications (for those positions)," Powers said.

Attempts to reach Campbell and Powell were unsuccessful.

Campbell had been city administrator since June 2004. Campbell succeeded Drew Bontrager, who was LaGange's first city administrator.