- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A Casper City Council member accused of having a conflict of interest says the city has not established it has the authority to remove him from office.

The Casper Star-Tribune (https://bit.ly/LEALjo) reports that Craig Hedquist made the argument in a motion filed Thursday in response to a petition laying out the city’s allegations against him.

The city conducted two investigations into Hedquist’s conduct. One concluded that he committed workplace violence by allegedly using “fighting words” in a confrontation with the city engineer. The other found evidence that Hedquist advocated more for his construction company than for taxpayers.

His motion states that a council member can only be removed by a recall election or if he’s convicted of certain crimes. He hasn’t been charged with or convicted of a crime.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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