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Council votes to keep Villa Hills Mayor in office


The Villa Hills council voted early Thursday morning to keep Mike Martin as mayor.

The six councilmen went into deliberations just before midnight and deliberated an hour and a half before returning the verdict. Martin will continue his four year term which started January 1, 2011.  

The hearing to determine Martin's future began on Monday and resumed on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

Martin was accused of misconduct. Council members say he instructed others to burn city documents and misused city property.

Martin argues that the documents were duplicates. There was also testimony on Tuesday that Martin ordered a city safe destroyed because someone lost the combination.

The hearing was held at River Ridge Elementary School due to high attendance. The hearing  started 45 minutes late on Wednesday because Councilman Jim Noll was at a fundraising event for his Senate campaign.

Retired Municipal Judge Mickey Folger oversaw the hearing after a judge ruled earlier this month that Martin would not be allowed to oversee his own removal hearing.

Martin has filed a civil lawsuit against the city and its six council members.

Sources tell FOX19 one of the council members, Jim Noll, sent a tweet saying he will vote in Martin's favor no matter what, and that hearing is a spectacle and a waste of taxpayer money.

A unanimous vote was needed in order to remove Martin from office.

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