East Arkansas councilman accuses mayor of threat

MADISON, AR (AP) - A city councilman in the east Arkansas town of Madison says the mayor threatened to bring up his driving while intoxicated conviction during a council meeting if the councilman brought up a recent state audit.

The mayor says the councilman misunderstood.

Councilman Curtis Brown told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette he didn't mention the audit because he didn't want to be harassed. Mayor Bobby Hardrick Sr. said he was just letting Brown know he has an unpaid bill.

Brown says he paid his fines and owes nothing.

The audit questions more than $17,000 paid to Hardrick, his wife and three other relatives for work on youth programs. The audit says the payments appear to conflict with ethics laws because the City Council hasn't authorized them.

Hardrick says he was following "past practice."


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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