Highland Heights City Council begins removal of member arrested on drug possession charges.

CAMPBELL COUNTY, Kentucky (WXIX) – The Highland Heights City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to begin a process to remove a member charged with drug trafficking and possession.

Edward Fessler, first elected to the council in January, was charged late last month with four counts, including methamphetamine trafficking and possession of LSD, marijuana and magic mushrooms, according to court records.

Fessler is accused of regularly selling and buying drugs.

He has since been released from the Campbell County Detention Center. His case went to a grand jury.

Highland Heights Attorney Steve Franzen said earlier in March that his office had given Fessler the opportunity to resign.

Mayor Greg Meyers called the arrest “very disappointing.”

“For this to happen, to win the trust of the people of Highland Heights and just break all that trust…,” Meyers said.

The board member removal process includes a public hearing. Meyers says the entire process can take up to 60 days.

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