They investigated him for ethics complaints. Now Richmond’s mayor wants the city manager and city attorney fired.

Richmond Mayor Tom Butt has moved to place an item on the City Council’s June 29 agenda to have City Manager Laura Snideman and City Attorney Teresa Stricker fired. Butt is furious that the two have used city funds to investigate allegations that his architecture firm was improperly paid by the city. He called on the two officials to resign last week.

The allegations against Butt were made by at least one former Richmond official. The former employee claims Butt’s firm was paid to design floor plans for the redevelopment of the former Richmond Intermodal Transit Center into a visitor center. According to Butt, Snideman has spent around $45,000 to investigate whether he violated ethics laws, even though the city charter allows the city manager to spend no more than $10,000.

“The secret investigation directed by the city manager and condoned by the city attorney is ongoing, and the violations and illegal expenditures of public funds continues," Butt said.

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