Valley Park Lawsuit: Ex-Lover Cries Foul



As reported today in the Post-Dispatch, the city of Valley Park and its controversial mayor Jeffery Whitteaker, are under fire again.

Whitteaker’s former secretary, Roxanne Ruppel, alleges in a sex discrimination lawsuit that she was fired from City Hall after calling it quits on an affair she was having with the mayor. (Ruppel and her husband are divorcing, according to court records; Whitteaker is married.)

Ruppel wants $1 million in damages. She filed her lawsuit March 7 in St. Louis County Circuit Court. You can view her court petition here.

News of the suit comes shortly before the April 8 mayoral election in which Whitteaker faces a challenge from another long time Valley Parker, Grant Young. Young owns Young’s Restaurant and Ice Creamery, famed in the metro area for its signature dish: fried chicken.

For a look back at the goings-on in Valley Park after the city passed controversial immigration ordinances, check out our February, 2007, cover story, “Valley Park to Mexican immigrants: Adios, illegals!This short news story followed.

-Kristen Hinman

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