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Overland police chief allowed to stay while judge reviews lawsuits

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Mayor Ann Purzner (city photo)

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis – A St. Louis County judge is allowing Overland Police Chief Jim Herron to remain in his job another 10 days while he reviews three separate lawsuits involving the city.

Judge Robert Cohen will determine whether Overland mayor Ann Purzner acted legally when she attempted to remove Herron and city attorney Bob Herman without a majority city council vote.

The judge also granted attorney Chet Pleban's request to be dropped from the lawsuit. Pleban was Purzner's choice for city attorney, but he opted to resign.

"The behavior of certain of those city council people at that first meeting that I attended was outrageous, absolutely outrageous, Pleban said. And I don't know why any lawyer or non-lawyer would want to participate either on an interim or a permanent basis with people who behave in that manner. And so I chose to withdraw."

Another hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

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