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Former Valley Park city secretary says affair with mayor prompted her firing

By AP/KWMU

Valley Park, Mo. – A former city secretary in Valley Park says she was fired because of an affair with the mayor.

In a lawsuit, Roxanne Ruppel claims Mayor Jeffery Whitteaker fired her last year because city officials were upset that the two were in a relationship. Whitteaker is married and declined comment.

City Attorney Eric Martin said Ruppel was fired because she angered aldermen by asking for a raise.

Martin said he has no idea if Whitteaker and Ruppel had a relationship.

Whitteaker is up for re-election in two weeks.

He brought national attention to Valley Park in the last year by pushing for ordinances that target illegal immigrants.

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