RICHWOOD– Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber has been ordered to appear in front of a three-judge court in June.
According to an administrative order, Baber was ordered by Chief Justice Margaret Workman to appear in front of Judges Paul Blake, David Wilmoth and Robert Richardson on June 15 at 9 am.
This is a case against the mayor by the city of Richwood within the provisions of West Virginia Code 6-6-7 which relates to removal of officers from their office. The city council started the process to remove Baber from office back in December 2017 when they filed a resolution. It stated that Baber directed a city clerk to delay paying payroll taxes which resulted in nearly $600,000 in unpaid payroll tax liability.
But Baber’s issues with the city council go back even further to when he was placed on paid administrative leave in September 2017. This came after questions into Baber’s city purchasing card use. After being placed on leave, there were disagreements between who was in charge of a state auditor investigation into misuse of taxpayer money. The council hired a lawyer in October to help handle multiple issues including the situation with Baber who was then challenging the legality of the council placing him on paid administrative leave from mayor.
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