Daily American Republic
A special prosecutor has asked Poplar Bluff City Council member Jack Rushin be removed from office because of misconduct, according to documents filed Wednesday in Butler County Circuit Court. Ripley County assistant prosecuting attorney Kacey Proctorsays Rushin forfeited his seat by voting to appoint his first cousin to a city committee, violating nepotism laws. Rushin had no comment when asked about the matter after Wednesday’s city council meeting. Rushin has said he did not feel his actions were wrong. Rushin is represented by city attorney Robert Smith, who filed motions Wednesday for a change of judge and a change of venue. The motion for change of judge was granted by Butler County Presiding Judge Michael Pritchett. The case has been referred to the Missouri Supreme Court for assignment. Greg West, Rushin’s first cousin, was among members named in February by the city council to a city hall feasibility study committee. The law on nepotism also governs voluntary or unpaid positions. The city council on May 4 accepted West’s resignation.