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Hearing today on Police Chief controversy in Overland

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Mayor Ann Purzner (city photo)

By Kevin Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis County circuit judge is hearing arguments this morning (Monday) in a case focusing on the city of Overland's controversial mayor.

The hearing is meant to determine whether mayor Ann Purzner overstepped her legal bounds when she replaced Overland's police chief and city attorney with her own choices.

Purzner claims Chief Jim Herron failed to comply with several of her orders, including enforcing an occupancy rule and removing city attorney Bob Herman.

Purzner attempted to suspend Herron, and is now asking a judge to remove him because the police chief refused to comply with the suspension.

The mayor maintains both Herron and Herman's terms of office have expired -- but St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCullough, who has filed his own suit against Purzner - claims both men still lawfully hold office.

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