Petersburg vice mayor responds to petition to remove he and other officials from office

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PETERSBURG, Va (WRIC)– Petersburg Vice Mayor Samuel Parham is responding to a petition to remove him from office Thursday.

Parham says the citizens have a right to petition the court, but that the allegations against him and other council members are unsubstantiated.

Members of a group known as Clean Sweep Petersburg are pushing for the removal of Parham, as well as Mayor Howard Myers and Treasurer Kevin Brown from office.

Barb Rudolph, co-founder of Clean Sweep, says the mayor and vice mayor have paid particular inattention to the failing financial condition of the city. Rudolph says the group has gathered more than minimum 246 signatures needed to file the petition in court.Vice Mayor Parham has served on council close to two years. He was appointed in January of 2015.

Parham, who has served on council for nearly to two years, says council has made lots of changes to improve the city’s finances including removing the former city manager and finance director as well as hiring the Robert Bobb Group.

“I understand their frustrations that it is not fast enough, but the secretary of finance Mr. Brown said that it is going to take multiple years to fix this financial issues in Petersburg,” Parham said. “It goes back to 2009. I am proud of our accomplishments. We have movement and I think we are moving in the right direction.”

Mayor Myers didn’t respond to our request for comment.

In a statement, Treasurer, Kevin Brown said:

“I am and have been performing my duties as the city treasurer of Petersburg.  I am very thankful to have served the citizens of Petersburg. I look forward to assisting the city, by my increased collection efforts and results.”

Clean Sweep representatives say they plan to submit official documents to circuit court next month.

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