Heated Marmet Town Council Meeting Includes Police Investigation

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 5/27/14 @ 11:59 p.m.
MARMET, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia State Police arrived at Marmet Town Hall to confiscate computers following a heated meeting Tuesday night, but troopers left with nothing.

Council members said Streets Commissioner Johnny Walker was terminated last Friday after Mayor Bill Pauley allegedly falsified information about Walker and sent it to the IRS.

As a result, council members wanted the town's computers taken for further investigation. They made that very clear during a tense, heated council meeting Tuesday night.

However, things settled down when council members went into executive session.

Behind closed doors, the person responsible for sending the information admitted to the action. However that information was not released, and the computers were not confiscated.

Earlier in the evening, four of the five town council members gave a vote of "no confidence" for Mayor Bill Pauley.

It is not clear what happens from this point. However, streets commissioner Walker will be back on the job Wednesday morning.

WSAZ.com requested an interview with Mayor Pauley, but he declined.



ORIGINAL STORY 5/27/14 @ 10:55 p.m.
MARMET, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A packed town council meeting quickly became heated Tuesday night -- all over the termination of Street Commissioner Johnny Walker.

Council members said Walker was terminated last Friday after Mayor Bill Pauley allegedly falsified information about Walker and sent it to the IRS.

Council members said they are sending an appeal letter to the IRS and had some strong words for Pauley.

West Virginia State Police troopers were at the scene Tuesday, seizing town computers as evidence.

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