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Sunset Hills aldermen pass vote of no confidence in mayor charged with 2 felonies in crash

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SUNSET HILLS, Missouri — The Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen is trying to remove its mayor after he collided with a cyclist while driving his car and was charged with two felonies.

The aldermen on Tuesday passed a vote of no confidence in Mayor Mark Furrer and called for his resignation. They also approved a motion to hire outside legal counsel to draft impeachment procedures. The votes on both motions were 6-1.

Mayor Pro Tem Scott Haggerty said the board has prepared a letter to Furrer asking him to step down, which he said he won't do.

PHOTO: In this July 30, 2014 photo, Sunset Hills Mayor Mark E. Furrer stands near his red Mercedes at City Hall, in Sunset Hills, Mo. The Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen is trying to remove Mayor Furrer after he collided with a cyclist while driving his car and was charged with two felonies. Furrer has denied wrongdoing and said the cyclist caused the July 29 collision after running a stop sign. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Joel Currier)
In this July 30, 2014 photo, Sunset Hills Mayor Mark E. Furrer stands near his red Mercedes at City Hall, in Sunset Hills, Mo. The Sunset Hills Board of Aldermen is trying to remove Mayor Furrer after he collided with a cyclist while driving his car and was charged with two felonies. Furrer has denied wrongdoing and said the cyclist caused the July 29 collision after running a stop sign. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Joel Currier)

"So much for the presumption of innocence," Furrer said. It was the first meeting Furrer attended since he was charged on Oct. 1 with the felonies of second-degree assault and first-degree property damage. He said the charges are a personal issue unrelated to city business.

He has denied wrongdoing and said the cyclist caused the July 29 collision after running a stop sign. The cyclist has told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1DbOdBf ) that Furrer yelled at him to get off the road and intentionally hit him.

About 40 people attended the board's meeting, but only one resident spoke. Don Elvey criticized the mayor for not taking responsibility for his actions and asked that he resign. His comments brought both boos and applause from the audience.

"We made a mistake, and we need a strong antiseptic to fix the problem," Elvey said.

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