CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- At least two members of Pratt Town Council are ready to start proceedings to remove Mayor Gary Fields from office.
"We're really just fed up with this situation," said Councilwoman Kaye Ford. "We just want our town back. We want it to be just like it used to be."
Councilwoman Charlotte Calhoun said citizens are fed up with legal troubles involving the mayor and his wife, Norma Fields.
Gary Fields was arrested for simple drug possession in August, after police allegedly found painkillers that the mayor did not have a prescription for. Norma Fields was arrested last week for allegedly violating a personal safety order taken out by Town Clerk Kathy Fisher.
Council members asked the mayor to resign earlier this month, but he declined, promising to get his personal life in order. "If something would come up down the road, I will automatically resign rather than embarrass this town," Fields said at the time.
But Calhoun said townspeople may be tired of waiting. She said citizens come up to her every day and ask that something be done about the Fields family and their legal troubles.
"The mayor's personal life has brought great anguish on the town of Pratt that they don't deserve," Calhoun said.
Under state law, members of town council can submit a petition to Kanawha Circuit Court asking that the mayor be removed from office. Removal proceedings can also be started with a petition signed by 25 townspeople or 1 percent of registered voters, whichever number is smaller.
In Pratt, where there are 603 registered voters, a petition signed by six or seven residents would be enough to start removal proceedings.