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Seat Pleasant mayor to work out of tent after being kicked out of office space

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SEAT PLEASANT, Md. -

A local mayor in Maryland has been kicked out of his office. To be clear, he is still the mayor, but he has literally been kicked out of his actual office inside city hall.

The Seat Pleasant City Council has ordered Mayor Eugene Grant to move out of his office space after bad blood on both sides has boiled over.

Mayor Grant was told Tuesday that he has to pack up and move out of the building. His response to that? He plans to be back here and do his business out of a tent in front of city hall.

“I think what has happened has been a miscarriage of justice,” Grant said.

The city council sent Mayor Grant a letter ordering him to move out of city hall, saying under town laws, the mayor has no right to an office inside city hall.

"The letter in essence said that I was to remove all my personal effects and vacate the same -- immediately,” said Grant.

The mayor isn't going quietly.

"I will set up a table and a chair and I will have my meetings," he said.

So how can a city council kick a mayor out of his own city hall office? It turns out none of the city council members have offices in this building. From the council's perspective, they told us off camera they feel the mayor has been "abusive" and "hostile" to some city hall employees.

We asked the mayor if he has been abusive and created a hostile work environment.

“No, that's not true,” he told us. “Does my voice raise from time to time? Yeah. I have a level of expectation."

Residents of Seat pleasant we asked say both the mayor and the council need to stop fighting and start working together.

"Sounds like a bunch of kids,” said Larry Fitzgerald.

“I don't understand it,” said Janelle Brown. “I don't think they should vote to put him out like that."

"They need to come together,” Robert Dillon said. “That's the only way it's going to work.”

Ironically, the council could have rid itself of Mayor Grant in 2016. He wasn't going to run for re-election. But now?

"I wasn't going to run, but after this, I have got no other choice,” he said.

We tried to get the city administrator to talk to us about this, but she never came out of her office and hung up when we reached her on the phone.

This building was opened in 1965, meaning it has had a mayor inside for nearly 50 years.

Mayor Grant says he expects to have the last of his boxes moved out by Saturday.

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