Thomas questions Wallace’s fitness for office as mayoral saga heads back to court

By July 31, 2019Articles

Hoping to stay mayor of Mount Vernon through September, Richard Thomas claims that the man trying to take his place once bailed out a drug kingpin and then lied about it under oath.

Hoping to stay mayor of Mount Vernon through September, Richard Thomas claims that the man trying to take his place once bailed out a drug kingpin and then lied about it under oath.

Thomas raises the issue of Andre Wallace’s fitness for office in court documents related to the ongoing saga of who is actually in charge in the city.

“Is this conduct appropriate for a public official? Thomas asked in his bid to block Wallace from acting as mayor. “Should a man who has pledged one million dollars to secure the release on bail of a major drug kingpin, and then lied about it, oversee a municipal police force? No.”

Wallace and the city council maintain that Thomas forfeited the office when he pleaded guilty to misdemeanors, admitting he misused campaign funds in 2015. Wallace has suspended or terminated four people in Thomas’ administration and has seized control of the water department finances.

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