UPDATE: Complaint filed in Circuit Court to have Mount Carmel mayor, alderman ousted from office
Legal issues continue for Mount Carmel Mayor Chris Jones.
District Attorney Dan Armstrong and Town Attorney John Pevy have filed a complaint in Hawkins County Circuit Court to have Jones and Alderman Carl Wolfe ousted from office.
In court documents, Jones and Wolfe are accused of official misconduct when they conspired last week to remove Jones’ live-in girlfriend from a residence owned by Wolfe by creating a bogus eviction notice that Jones endorsed with the town’s official seal.
The prosecutors said Jones completed the scheme in front of several town officials including a police officer who was unaware of what the mayor’s intentions were.
Jones and Wolfe are accused of completing the illegal acts a few days after Jones was arrested and charged with domestic assault.
The attorneys are requesting a court hearing to have the mayor and the alderman suspended from office while the issue is contested by a jury.
Jones already has a charge of impersonating a police officer that was filed earlier this year. He is also awaiting trial on a theft charge. Prosecutors said the mayor stole thousands of dollars from his grandmother who lived in West Virginia and then deposited the funds in his account in Hawkins County.