- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Joplin is seeking a temporary replacement for a city council member who resigned under pressure.

A majority of the council has agreed to seek someone to hold Mike Woolston’ seat until voters pick a permanent replacement during the April election. The Joplin Globe (https://bit.ly/1LwFEY6) reports that Woolston’s resignation from the council was accepted in a 5-3 council vote Monday night.

He originally resigned one week earlier, on the same day a censure hearing was scheduled to resolve an ethics question. Under a resignation agreement, the council acknowledged Woolston did not benefit financially from real estate transactions involving the city. Woolston, a real estate agent, was mayor during the May 2011 tornado.

A council investigation report last year accused him of using his knowledge of city redevelopment plans to broker property.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, https://www.joplinglobe.com

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