St. Peters Alderman Gus Elliott Resigns Months After Investigation
Gus Elliott's resignation comes roughly four months after St. Peters Patch first reported that city hired a special prosecutor to investigate a harassment claim made against Elliott by the city’s Director of Community Relations, Lisa Bedian.
Gus Elliott has resigned as alderman of the city of St. Peters.
Elliott made the announcement via St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano at Thursday's Board of Aldermen meeting.
The resignation comes roughly four months after St. Peters Patch first reported that Pagano had ordered a special prosecutor to investigate a harassment claim made against Elliott by the city’s Director of Community Relations, Lisa Bedian.
That claim alleged Elliott harassed Bedian in February by using Bedian’s name, without her consent, on a Missouri Ethics Commission report filed by Missouri Lieutenant Governor candidate Cynthia Davis.
The ethics report, targeted at St. Peters Ward 3 Alderman Tommy Roberts, was posted on Davis' website as a PDF and the properties of the file listed Bedian as the author. Copies of the report were circulated by CDs around St. Peters and an anonymous emailer named The Masked Avenger also distributed copies of the PDF to several people, including some local media.
St. Peters Police dropped harassment charges against Elliott on April 10, saying it could not be proven, beyond a reasonable doubt, that harassment occurred.
A special prosecutor later advised city officials to not pursue any charges or impeach Elliott.
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