Lancaster Has A New Mayor...Again

Lancaster Has A New Mayor...Again

Lancaster's City Council voted Council Member Chris Davis in as Mayor for the second time. In November, the council voted Mayor Brenda Powers out off office, and the case has been making its way through the court system.
It's a revolving door at the Lancaster Mayor's office. 

Back in the fall, the city council voted Mayor Brenda Powers out of office.  A legal battle brought her back, only to have another ruling oust her again. It's a legal fight that could go before the state's highest court.

Council Member Jeff Adams says you have to see it to believe it.

"If we had a thought as a council to make it a reality TV show, we could have made every citizen of Lancaster very wealthy," said Adams.

Back in the fall, Adams and the council unanimously voted to remove then Mayor Brenda Powers from office.

"Simply because she doesn't seem to wish to abide by the rules.  It's just that simple to me," said Adams.

This all started around Halloween.  Recorded on a security camera, Brenda Powers and City Clerk Shari Lane had a verbal confrontation.  Afterwards Lane urged the council to take action.

Lane said Powers bullied and harassed her.  Lane said Powers also accused her of working for a local newspaper as an informant. 

In a voice message Monday afternoon Powers called herself the, "Mayor of Lancaster."

She referred us to her lawyer, who says Powers was illegally removed from office, because of a clash of personalities.

"It just seems like a persecution to me out of a personal vendetta, or something.  I don't know what the problem is, but this just seems wrong on so many levels," said Bradley Guthrie, Powers' Attorney. 

Last week, the court of Appeals ordered Powes out of office.  For a second time, the Council voted Chris Davis Mayor.

Guthrie says he will appeal the latest developments to the state Supreme Court.
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