The 15 people suing to effectively impeach Jellico Mayor Les Stiers’ and remove him from office have replied to his countersuit.
Last September, Clarence Beck sued to have Stiers removed from office claiming the mayor misspent funds and awarded work to personal friends
On April 4, Stiers and his attorney, Robert W. Knolton, submitted four defenses and a countersuit to the Campbell County Chancery Court.
The countersuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages for “willful, intentional and malicious claims.” He also seeks recovery of all attorney fees. A rebuttal from the 15 filers was filed in Campbell County Chancery Court May 8.
The group denies Stier’s claims the original allegations were made without factual knowledge and were made “willfully, intentionally and with malice aforethought.”
The group also denies the mayor’s claims for compensatory and punitive damages as well as claims for attorney’s fees.
“[Original filers] … deny that [Stiers] is entitled to any relief sought,” the document says.
The original filers asked that Stiers’ countersuit be dropped.
It is unknown if or when the original ouster suit will be heard in court.