Mayor's resignation prompts calls of 'political witch hunt' - KCTV5

Grandview mayor's sudden resignation prompts calls of 'political witch hunt'

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Former Grandview alderman Tony Preyer praised departed mayor Steve Dennis during public comment at Tuesday night's board of aldermen meeting. Former Grandview alderman Tony Preyer praised departed mayor Steve Dennis during public comment at Tuesday night's board of aldermen meeting.
GRANDVIEW, MO (KCTV) -

A former Grandview alderman is speaking up in defense of the mayor who recently submitted his resignation out of the blue.

Tony Preyer praised departed mayor Steve Dennis during public comment at Tuesday night's board of aldermen meeting.

"He's probably the best mayor this city has ever seen," Preyer told the board. "The contributions he has made to this city cannot be counted. Losing him is a major catastrophe for us and a sad time for the city."

Preyer walked out promptly after making his statements, then outside City Hall, when approached by members of the media, he took his remarks a step further.

"The story is a political witch hunt which has destroyed an awesome man," he said. "Unfortunately, federal law enforcement was used, and they are happy to nail a politician, because it is great for advancement in the agency."

Preyer would not say who he considered to be the instigator nor would he answer any other questions.

The board president, Brent Steeno, said the FBI interviewed him and a fellow alderman last summer about a letter they had sent to the state.

He said he and alderman John Maloney wrote to the Secretary of State last year asking that their names be removed from paperwork the mayor had submitted about his nonprofit, Matters of the Heart.

Dennis names himself as executive director on his online resume.

"They just wanted to know the story behind it," Steeno said of the FBI interview.  "And basically, I repeated and alderman Maloney repeated what was said earlier ... I just went along with my daily thing and didn't really think about it after that."

Steeno said he was as surprised, as everyone else, when the mayor resigned on Friday.

"I don't know why he resigned," said Steeno. "I don't know the why behind the what. His letter said for personal reasons."

The FBI would not comment. Dennis has not responded to requests for comment.

The board voted unanimously Tuesday night to accept Dennis' resignation and to include the mayor's position on the April ballot.

Because of the late notice, mayoral candidates will have until Feb. 12 to file. Candidates for the alderman positions have until Jan. 21.

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