Duquesne Mayor Denny White is in trouble. The city council caught wind of the mayor violating a city ordinance that bans him and the council from giving direct orders to street maintenance workers without going through the Street Commissioner first. In addition to recently violating that ordinance by ordering a building to be torn down on city property without authorization, the mayor is also accused of knowing that the building was full of asbestos. Councilwoman Lisa Daugherty tells News Talk KZRG what happened at Monday's meeting.
"We voted last night in a 3 to 1 to limit the mayor's powers. He's not to have contact with this street maintenance worker, and the only contact with the chief of police is for police duties."
She says they also have meeting scheduled Wednesday night to address the issue.
"We're definitely going to ask the mayor, did he know that structure had asbestos? The chief of police stated last night stated that the mayor was aware of it, and yet still ordered the employee to continue."
Daugherty says they will also be seeking counsel from the city attorney.