Mount Vernon City Council ousts acting Mayor Andre Wallace after 1 day

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Mount Vernon City Council agreed Friday to oust Andre Wallace from the position of acting mayor.

The City Council voted 4-1 to remove Wallace from his position and install Lisa Copeland as the new City Council president and acting mayor.

Wallace only became the acting mayor Thursday after former Mayor Richard Thomas stepped down from his position.

Wallace says he believes this is not a legal move. Wallace says he will go back to City Hall as acting mayor.

Some council members say the move is based on alleged misconduct. They say during his brief time as mayor, Wallace issued a bid package for remediation at Memorial Field and appointed a new police commissioner, both without their approval.

Reginald Lafayette, the chairman of the Board of Elections, says it looks like an awkward grasp for power.

This latest incident caps off a chaotic three-week power struggle between the City Council and former Mayor Thomas about who was in control.

Thomas officially resigned Friday, and City Council members voted to give him a $35,000 severance package in exchange for him dropping his lawsuit against the city.

At this point it's not clear who is in charge or how this will end. Wallace insists he's still in charge, while the City Council says he is nothing more than a city council member.

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