Missouri mayor resigns backed views of suspect

The mayor of the Missouri hometown of Frazier Glenn Miller resigned after being called to task for saying he agreed with some views of the man charged with the recent Kansas City shootings.

Dan Clevenger, 59, offered his resignation at a special Board of Aldermen meeting April 21; the resignation was effective the next morning.

The aldermen had voted 4-1 to start impeachment proceedings against Clevenger. Speakers at the raucous meeting had overwhelmingly called for his resignation or impeachment, calling him an embarrassment to the town of 2,250 residents 25 miles southwest of Springfield. One alderwoman, Jessica Wilson, and the town’s city attorney, Paul Link, had earlier resigned in protest of the mayor’s statement.

Clevenger, who was elected earlier this month, said he “kind of agreed with [Miller] on some things, but I don’t like to express that too much.”

Miller has been charged with the fatal shootings of three people near Jewish community buildings.

Clevenger said he had considered Miller a friend before he was arrested in connection with the recent killings. He was also quoted as saying he believes Jews have played a role in hurting the U.S. economy.

Several years earlier, Clevenger had offered a more robust endorsement of Miller in a letter sent to a local newspaper. He told the Springfield News-Ledger on April 21 that he regrets writing the letter to the Aurora Advertiser about 10 years ago. — jta & wire services