Grandview mayor announces resignation - KCTV5

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Grandview mayor announces resignation

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Stephen S. Dennis submitted his letter of resignation on Friday. Stephen S. Dennis submitted his letter of resignation on Friday.
GRANDVIEW, MO (KCTV) -

The mayor of Grandview has resigned from office.

Stephen S. Dennis submitted his letter of resignation on Friday.

It is unknown why the mayor quit his job. However, KCTV5's Sandra Olivas found out that two city leaders filed formal complaints with the Secretary of State's Office against Dennis.

Brent Steeno, president of the board of aldermen, will take over the duties of mayor in the interim and preside over meetings until the position is filled by the board. 

The city said Dennis' resignation should not affect any city operations.

"This is, by far, the most difficult decision that I have ever had to make and the most difficult letter that I have ever had to compose," Dennis said in his letter of resignation.

Dennis has served more than 13 years in elected office, the last three as Grandview's mayor.

"I have been truly honored to serve this city and will miss this line of work more than words can express," Dennis said.

Workers inside City Hall were surprised to see the mayor's office suddenly empty.

"My reaction was, I was shocked and saddened, because he has done a great job in the city. Probably a little confused as to the why behind what happened exactly. Still trying to figure that out. Don't know the details. Comes as shocking news to us as a city," Steeno said.

Steeno and another aldermen, John Maloney, filed a complaint with the secretary of state against the mayor alleging he was the executive director of a nonprofit organization called Matters of the Heart and had listed them as being part of the leadership running the organization without their knowledge.

"John and I were not made aware that our names were on that organization, listed as board of directors. So when we found out we sent a letter to the secretary of state notifying them to take our name off of the non-for-profit. We were never supposed to be a part of the non-for-profit or notified as board of directors," Steeno said.

KCTV5 went to Dennis' home in Grandview and tried to reach him by phone but got no answer.

"I am curious to see what happened," said Dennis' longtime neighbor, Carol Lawson.

Lawson says she hasn't seen anything unusual at his house and was surprised to hear he had resigned his position as mayor. She said he loved his job and enjoyed helping others.

"He's a real nice neighbor. He helps me shovel snow and different things," she said.

KCTV5 called the Secretary of State's Office to find out more about the complaints filed against the mayor's non-for-profit organization and whether there was an investigation going on against him that would explain why he resigned his position. But KCTV5 has not heard back from them.

As for finding a new mayor, the board of aldermen will be meeting for the next few days to determine if they will appoint someone to the position or hold a special election in April.

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