Saturday, February 25, 2006

Mayor's brother ousted from West End council

Mayor's brother ousted from West End council
Dale Mallory's support for CityLink proposal prompted call for his impeachment

BY ALLEN HOWARD | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

West End Community Council President Dale Mallory, a proponent of the controversial CityLink project, was removed from office Tuesday night.

But a defiant Mallory, who attended the meeting of the council, said he would not recognize the impeachment vote. He said he will preside at the next regular meeting, March 20. "They can't do this to a Mallory" he said, as police escorted him off the podium.

A majority of the council members had voiced objection to CityLink, a proposed one-stop center for the homeless, drug addicts, and mentally ill, and officially voted against it in December.

A community council committee had recommended that he be impeached, alleging that he had spoken out in favor of CityLink without support of the council, had failed to conduct a meeting in an orderly fashion, and had spoken out on issues in the name of the council without being designated.

Robert Atkenson, who chaired the committee, read the accusations against Mallory to an audience of about 200 who gathered at Heberle Elementary School in the West End, many of whom had come from Crossroads Community Church.

Atkenson said Mallory did not appear for a hearing on his possible impeachment, as required under the bylaws of the council.

"According to the Roberts Rules of Order, if a person charged does not appear for the hearing, that person is automatically assumed guilty," Atkenson said.

But Mallory said he objected to the hearing. "This was all orchestrated by Shirley Colbert," Mallory said. "She appointed the people on the committee to hear the charges. She can't do that. She is just a vice president. My last name is Mallory."

Colbert said there was nothing illegal about the way the committee was appointed.

"There are five of us on the executive committee. I tried to call all of them, but was only able to get three of them. The three of us agreed on who should serve on the hearing committee. That is a majority and coincides with our bylaws and constitution," Colbert said.

The council's vote to remove Mallory was 31-10.

Since November, the debate over CityLink has led to tumultuous community council meetings.

The Rev. John Hennings, who filed the impeachment charges against Mallory on Jan. 23, said he thinks Mallory is "a wonderful person, but I don't like the way he was handling the meetings."

Mallory's brother, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, attended the meeting on request of his mother, but declined to comment.

Earlier this month, the city Zoning Board of Appeals voted against letting CityLink supporters construct its facility at a Bank Street building it purchased two months ago.

CityLink supporters now must take their case to Common Pleas Court.

E-mail ahoward@enquirer.com

6 Comments:

Anonymous Nate Livingston said...

Unless Dale Mallory can come up with an excuse, which he doesn't have, he is done.

12:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Citylink file with common pleas?

9:37 AM  
Anonymous West End Pride said...

CityLink has not filed with common pleas. It is a case that they cannot win. They spent $1.4 million on a property that they cannot use for their purpose.

5:03 PM  
Blogger Male Dallory said...

I do not think that CityLink will appeal the zoning either. I think that they are looking for a way out. They may have trouble getting their money back out of it.

And SB, you are vile. I have no idea how Stanley Broadnax fits into any of this.

3:06 PM  
Blogger westender100 said...

You sure seem to have a lot of direct knowledge of the Dale Mallory impeachment. Why are Dale, the Mayor and his father flapping their jaws all over the media that Dale is still president? I don't get it. Anyone out there have a clue?

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They just can't admit defeat or the Mallory machine is tarnished and Dale loses the family seat in Columbus.

3:26 PM  

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