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Thomas Confirms Treece Asked Him to Resign Over Misdemeanor Charge

Columbia City Hall
Meiying Wu / KBIA

After Fourth Ward Councilman Ian Thomas got word of a pending misdemeanor charge, Mayor Brian Treece suggested that he resign from his position.

In an email sent to the Missourian on Wednesday, Thomas confirmed that Treece suggested he step down. He said he told Treece he would think about it but would need to consult with his constituents before deciding.

Thomas, who missed Monday’s council meeting because he is traveling in Montana, faces a misdemeanor charge for allegedly attempting to commit an act prohibited of an elected official. He reported his actions to the Missouri Ethics Commission in November after admitting to negotiating a quid pro quo deal, in which he would support a neighborhood development in exchange for a donation to the Columbia Community Land Trust, an affordable housing group.

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