SEMO.net has compiled this general timeline from Sunshine documents received, DAR reports and personal conversations:
Monday, April 15 – City Clerk Kearbey improperly, and possibly illegally, conducted the Mayoral election. Read earlier post.
Monday, April 16 - Brannum tells City Manager Bagby he intends to make a motion at the May 6 meeting to fire Kearbey for her improper actions during the mayoral election.
Monday, April 22 – Attorney Danny Moore mails a letter addressed to Brannum saying his client, a City employee, is “very concerned about his actions and demeanor toward her.”
Tuesday, April 23 @ 8:50 am - Don Schrieber, Editor in Chief of the Daily American Republic, goes to City Hall and makes a Sunshine Request for “Any files relating to either term Johnny Brannum served on the P.B. City Council.”
Tuesday, April 23 afternoon – Brannum received his copy of the Attorney Moore letter
Wednesday, April 24 @ 9:00 AM - City Council is notified of a special closed meeting to be held on April 26 at noon.
Friday, April 26 @ noon - An emergency Closed Meeting of the City Council was held. The City Clerk did not attend a large portion of this meeting. It is my opinion that these sexual harassment charges were discussed in this meeting.
Monday, April 29 @ 9:20 AM- Don Schrieber made, essentially, the same sunshine request as six days prior “All Records Pertaining to Councilman John Brannum.” Schrieber was given two pages. Schrieber did not pay for these records (again, I was charged for these records) and received them immediately (I had to wait three business days for my copies):
It is my opinion that both of these documents were closed records under the Sunshine law. City Ordinance prohibits public disclosure of closed records and disclosure is an offense under the City Code. The offender is subject to termination.
Tuesday, April 30 @ 12:45 PM – Brannum emails Bagby and resigns from City Council.
Tuesday, April 30 @ 2:00 PM – City sends out agenda for Special Meeting on May 1
Tuesday, April 30 @ 7:00 PM – Brannum email Bagby and Mayor DeGaris and recants his resignation
Wednesday, May 1 @ 11:00 AM – DAR has front page expose’ regarding sexual allegations against Brannum, Brannum’s resignation and recantation emails printed in full.
Wednesday, May 1 @ 4:30 – At the Special Meeting of City Council it becomes public information that City Clerk Pam Kearbey was the “current” employee who complained about Brannum.
Friday, May 3 - City posts Agenda for next Council Meeting and includes “E. City Council will review a contract for the City Clerk”
Sunday, May 5 – Schrieber writes DAR editorial and states Brannum is an embarrassment and should resign and calls me a “Disgruntled Malcontent Misfit.”
Monday, May 6 – I made a Sunshine Request for:
Thursday, May 9 - City Clerk stated once in person and twice by email that There are no police reports.
Tuesday, May 14 - City Clerk Kearbey writes, “there is NO police report filed on any of the complaints.”
Wednesday, May 15 – I requested by Sunshine Request a copy of the City’s protocol and procedures for Employee complaints of Sexual Harassment.
It is my opinion that there is enough reasonable concern of foul play for our community to request that the Attorney General’s office commission an investigation of how all of these events transpired.
Proudly written by a Disgruntled Malcontent Misfit!
After graduating from Mizzou with Computer and Electrical Engineering degrees in 1985, Brian Becker spent a decade singing Christian Rock and being a labeled artist with Benson Music Group of Nashville. In 1995, he and several investors started the area's first Internet Service called PBMO.net and by 2000 the company was serviing Internet access in over 50 communities throughout Southeast Missouri as SEMO.net. In July 2014, Becker again made a major pivot and became Publisher of the SEMO TIMES: a weekly print and daily online news and entertainment source for the region.