Jackson City Council considers impeachment for councilman charged with assault

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) – A city councilman is taking action against a fellow council member who’s charged with brutally assaulting his girlfriend.

 

6 News caught up with the official who’s now calling for impeachment.

Jackson City Councilman Jeromy Alexander was shocked and appalled when domestic abuse allegations were revealed against his fellow council member, Andrew Frounfelker. 

 

“I think that strong and immediate action is required,” Alexander said.

 

He’s drafted an article of impeachment that’s going to be voted on by the city council at Tuesdat night’s meeting.

 

And that’s only the first step he’s taking to remove Frounfelker from his seat.

 

“We have to give Mr. Frounfelker the opportunity to represent himself at a public hearing, and then we would take a final vote on the articles of impeachment,” Alexander said.

 

If Frounfelker is impeached, voters in his district, the fifth ward, will decide in the November election if they want to keep him.

 

If he’s voted out, the council will appoint a fifth ward resident to take his place until a special election is held.

 

However, if Frounfelker resigns, the council will appoint someone to fill out the rest of his term, which ends in 2021.

    

Alexander says it’s important for voters to have their say as soon as possible.

 

“It’s completely about giving the people the power to have the elected representative that they want,” Alexander said.

 

But some other council members say they want him to resign. 

 

Councilwoman Colleen Sullivan tells 6 News that she plans to propose a resolution at the meeting Tuesday that calls on Frounfelker to step down.

 

While some council members have different ideas on how they should move forward, Alexander says the community is looking at them to do the right thing.

 

“It is the responsibility of every single person to look at another person and say that was wrong,” Alexander said.

“If I stand alone on this issue, I can still sleep well knowing that I did what I felt was right, and I hope to have the support of everyone else on the council so that we as a whole can move forward on this impeachment.”

 

Since the scandal broke, Frounfelker has not made any public statements and has not returned requests for comment to 6 News.

 

 

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