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      Impeachment hearing set for Hannibal Fire Chief

      UPDATED: 4:30p.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2010

      Hannibal Fire Chief Tim Carter now knows the reasons behind the impeachment proceedings filed against him by two fire board members.

      City Attorney James Lemon delivered the terms of impeachment to Chief Carter's attorney this morning.

      Click here to read the Charge of Impeachment document.

      You'll recall last night the Hannibal City Council voted to proceed with an impeachment hearing against him, scheduled for March 23rd at 6 p.m.

      Carter briefly spoke with his attorney after the vote, but did not comment about the case publicly.

      His attorney told KHQA Carter is willing to take the case "all the way" in court.

      The details of the impeachment charges are just coming into the newsroom at this hour.

      They allege charges of fraud or dishonesty in connection with whether or not Chief Carter knew about asbestos found in the fire station 3, now being renovated on Palmyra Road.

      The Fire Board members also claim in the charges Chief Carter put firefighters in harms way by asking them to tear up tiles which could contain asbestos without the proper safety gear.

      It also alleges Carter did not improve communications with fire department staff as instructed by the Board, and that he failed to schedule timely meetings and minutes of those meetings.

      You'll recall last week, Chief Carter sent a letter to the city, asking for a judge to review a fire board's decision to put him on administrative leave.

      Until now, the reasons for the administrative leave had not been made public

      The fire board followed up days later by filing impeachment charges against the chief.

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      UPDATED: 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, 2010

      We still don't know the details of the impeachment charges against Hannibal Fire Chief Tim Carter.

      But Carter and his attorney are expected to receive those official charges Wednesday, March 3.

      Tuesday night, the Hannibal City Council voted to proceed with an impeachment hearing, scheduled for March 23rd at 6 p.m..

      Last week, Chief Carter sent a letter to the city, asking for a judge to review a fire board's decision, in particular the actions of Board Chairman Jason Janes.

      That's because Carter was placed on administrative leave last November. Neither the reasons for the administrative leave, nor the length of time the leave will last, have been made public

      T he fire board followed up by filing i mpeachment charges against the chief.

      City Attorney James Lemon told KHQA the charges against Chief Carter would be unveiled at Tuesday night's Hannibal council meeting, but that didn't happen.

      In fact, Lemon told the council Chief Carter has never officially received a list of the charges against him.

      Carter quietly and briefly spoke with his attorney after Tuesday night's vote but did not comment about the case publicly.

      His attorney, however, said his client is willing to take the case "all the way" in court.

      Sixth Ward Councilman Jeff Lyng asked the city attorney quite a few questions about the case.

      He said he has an idea as to what this case is all about, but he doesn't know the official charges either.

      Lyng was the only council member to vote no to the hearing.

      Janes and Board member Barry Louderman abstained from Tuesday night's vote.

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      KHQA's Original Story:

      Just days after Hannibal Fire Chief Tim Carter's request for an administrative hearing, the fire board filed impeachment charges against Carter.

      Hannibal City Attorney James Lemon confirmed to KHQA those charges against Chief Carter are set to be unveiled at tonight's Hannibal council meeting.

      These charges of impeachment come just days after Chief Carter sent a letter to the city, asking for a judge to review the fire board's decision, in particular the actions of Fire Board Chairman Jason Janes.

      Since Janes and board member Barry Louderman placed Carter on administrative leave on November 5th, neither the reasons for the administrative leave, nor the length of time the leave will last, have been made public. No date has been set for that hearing yet.

      As for the new impeachment charges...according to city charter, the city council will decide whether to call a hearing. If council members vote "yes", the charges of impeachment will be served to Chief Carter and a date will be set for the impeachment hearing. As members of other fire boards, councilmen Janes and Louderman can not be involved in the impeachment process, but can testify and observe the process.

      The decision on impeachment would be made by the remaining four council members and Mayor Roy Hark. It requires a two-thirds vote.

      City Attorney James Lemon tells KHQA the city does *not* plan to ask for a closed hearing.

      Details of the impeachment charges will be revealed then, or even earlier, if the council votes to serve Carter with an impeachment notice.

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