At their June 24 pre-meeting workshop, the O’Fallon City Council discussed the Lauber Report, covering the special counsel investigation of Ward 5 council member Katie Gatewood’s conduct and statements.
After an hour of comments, discussion, questions and answers, accusations and denials, the council voted 7-3 on a motion to proceed with a formal hearing regarding the actions of Gatewood, following rules and procedures as outlined in the Missouri Administrative Procedures Act (MOPA).
The hearing will be “the due process” for the council and Gatewood to introduce and clarify all of the pertinent facts in writing, call witnesses, cross-examine witnesses, determine what if any violations occurred, and the alternatives for action.
The council members will serve as judges. Gatewood will be able to use her own attorney as part of the hearing.
Voting against the motion were council members Deanna Smith (Ward 1), Debbie Cook (Ward 5), and Gatewood.
The next steps are specified under MOPA for notifications, scheduling the hearing and more. Special counsel Lauber will provide that information to the council, Gatewood, and Gatewood’s attorney. Timing of those steps will be determined in the near future.