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Morley mayor resigns after shoplifting charge; acting mayor pro tem to run for seat

Jan 30, 2014 -- 11:55am

Southeast Missourian

Morley's Mayor has resigned. Jonathan McNeely is leaving following a misdemeanor charge of shoplifting. He was cited for shoplifting from the Cape Girardeau Wal-Mart by police Dec. 28. Store security told police at the time that McNeely concealed several hunting and fishing items in a shopping cart with a coat and then left the store without paying for the items. McNeely is expected to appear in municipal court in February and has hired an attorney, Bryan Greaser. Greaser did not immediately respond to an email sent by the Southeast Missourian on Wednesday that questioned whether the shoplifting charge and resignation were related. McNeely, 28, was elected mayor of Morley in April 2012 and previously served on the board of aldermen. Mayor Pro Tem Tim Fodge has stepped in as acting mayor of the city since McNeely's resignation, and will serve in that position until after the April 8 election. One member of the board of aldermen, Marlin O'Neal, who is now acting as mayor pro tem, has filed as a candidate for mayor. He is running unopposed. Fodge is running for re-election to the board of aldermen.

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