Overland Park Councilman Taken Off Committee

An Overland Park City Council member who is facing a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery has been removed from the city’s public safety committee by Mayor Carl Gerlach during the investigation.

Councilman Scott Hamblin, 42, was charged after police were called to his home on July 21st.

No injuries were reported.

He is accused of “physical contact with a person, in a rude, insulting, or angry manner,” according to the criminal complaint.

Six council members called for Hamblin to resign, saying the charge could damage the board’s reputation.

He said he would not step down, and said allegations were being made before the incident had been thoroughly investigated, The Kansas City Star reported.

Hamblin’s wife, Curstin, said in a statement that the City Council was attempting to “score political gains from a private family matter.”

“This harassment toward my family is absolutely uncalled for,” she said.