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Pevely is a city in Jefferson County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,484 at the 2010 census.
Pevely was platted in 1860. A post office called Pevely has been in operation since 1858.
The Gustave Greystone-Meissner House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
On November 17, Pevely was the center of a local controversy regarding the conduct of the Pevely Police Chief. On November 17, police responded to a disturbance at the residence of Pevely Police Chief Charles “Tony” Moutray According to the police report, Moutray confessed to assaulting his wife, Dawn Moutray, after she had discovered that he was having an affair. In the report, Dawn details that she was grabbed by the neck and flipped, resulting in her injuring her head. In addition, when she attempted to flee into their locked bathroom, Officer Moutray broke down the door and then proceeded to drag her by the hair.
Jefferson County Prosecutor Forrest Wegge decided not to file charges in the case, citing "insufficient evidence" and Officer Moutray was allowed to continue his employment with the city of Pevely with no penalties or sanctions. In response, residents of Pevely and surrounding towns organized a social media campaign against The Pevely Police Department, called #chargethechief and held a candle light vigil on Monday, January 7 at 7:00pm.
Following reports, an additional allegation was placed by a resident of the neighboring city of Festus, who accused the officer and two other men of assaulting him on November 17, 2016. According to the accuser, Moutray and the four other officers assaulted him. Litigation from the incident resulted in a $300,000 settlement from the city of Pevely in August 2018.
Pevely is located at 38°17′2″N 90°23′49″W (38.283894, -90.397022).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.69 square miles (12.15 km2), of which 4.54 square miles (11.76 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.39 km2) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 5,484 people, 2,128 households, and 1,493 families living in the city.