ST. JAMES, MO — After a 30-year veteran custodian was fired from the city of St. James, the former mayor spoke less than kind words to those responsible and a park board member stepped down in protest, according to the St. James Press.
Although the St. James City Council will not provide a reason, the decision was made to fire James House, a blind man who worked for three decades as a city custodian, the article stated.
"A city, its citizens and the leaders are defined by how people most challenged are treated. I am ashamed to read in the Saint James Press that you have eliminated the position held by James House. A person employed more than 30 years," said former Mayor Jim Morrison while addressing the St. James City Council.
Among other comments, Morrison noted that House''s medical insurance will now expire, putting a large burden on him and his wife, the article noted.
In an act of solidarity for his friend of over 40 years, John Phillips, Jr. resigned from his post on the park board, the article added.
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