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Jasper County Prosecutor Theresa Kinney said Friday she will determine whether Joshua Bard, newly-elected to the Joplin City Council, has legal claim to the seat.
Joshua Bard resigned the council seat on Wednesday, but withdrew his resignation on Thursday morning, saying he made a hasty decision when the city attorney spoke to him about the city's position on his eligibility to hold the council seat.
City Attorney Peter Edwards said earlier state law prohibits those convicted of felonies from holding public office. He cited section 115.306 of Missouri law.
THE FELONY IN QUESTION
"Court records show that Bard, 44, pleaded guilty June 2, 2006, to a charge of manufacturing a controlled substance and was placed on supervised probation for five years by Judge Timothy Perigo in Newton County Circuit Court.
On July 9, 2010, Bard was cited for a probation violation in that case after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated. The judge extended Bard's probation to Jan. 1, 2012, on the special condition that Bard successfully complete addiction treatment." - The Joplin Globe, Debby Woodin, April 18
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