RICHWOOD, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Richwood’s controversial mayor, who’s currently on paid administrative leave, was arrested Thursday night at a Richwood City Council meeting.
Mayor Bob Henry Baber was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer. According to the criminal complaint, during the public comment section during Richwood’s council meeting, Baber and the council started raising their voices and yelling at each other.
Richwood’s police chief said that he told Baber he was being escorted out of the meeting and Baber started to scream at the crowd, the complaint said.
He also said Baber tried to pull away after he tried to physically remove him until he was eventually taken to the floor.
The council and Baber have been at odds for more than six months after council members said Baber improperly used a state-issued purchasing card. Right now, recorder Chris Drennen is serving as acting mayor.
Baber was taken to the Central Regional Jail and was released on a personal recognizance bond.