Archive for Thursday, August 12, 2004

Fired Basehor employee still waiting for hearing

August 12, 2004

A due process hearing has not yet been scheduled for former Basehor city codes administrator Mike Hooper. Also, the Basehor City Council has taken no action to either accept or reject his termination.

For the second consecutive meeting, an item pertaining to the Hooper firing was pulled from the City Council's agenda Monday evening. The item, a request for a hearing regarding the termination, was pulled from the agenda at the request of city attorney John Thompson.

Hooper, the city codes administrator for four years, was fired Thursday, July 15. Hooper said a written statement read to him when he was fired indicated he "hadn't performed his managerial duties in a professional manner as expected."

He appealed the city's decision Monday, July 19. He has since requested a due process hearing to present information to the City Council before they vote whether to accept or deny his termination.

Thompson said he and Patrick Henderson, an Atchison attorney retained by Hooper, are negotiating terms for either a hearing or settlement of the case.

If the due process hearing occurs, it would be before the entire City Council, Thompson said.

On Monday evening, the City Council tabled an item that would take action on a new job description for a codes enforcement officer.

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