Archive for Thursday, September 16, 2004

Fired employee still waiting

September 16, 2004

Nearly three months have passed since former Basehor city codes administrator Mike Hooper was fired and, as of press time Wednesday, there has still been no hearing or agreement between attorneys handling his appeal that claims he was unjustly fired.

Pat Henderson, an Atchison attorney representing Hooper, said he hoped the case would have been resolved sooner but that there was nothing imminent as of yet. Henderson said he would reserve comments on the case until after it's resolved. Basehor city attorney John Thompson could not be reached for comment.

After giving Hooper the option of resigning, Basehor city officials fired the former codes administrator in July when he rejected the idea. Hooper said job performance was given as one reason for his ousting.

Hooper filed an appeal with the city almost immediately after he was released. He requested a due process hearing to present information before the City Council or a tribunal board composed of City Council members.

Almost nine weeks later, there has been no such hearing. Hooper referred questions regarding the case to his attorney, Henderson.

Henderson, while guarded with comments, said he hopes some progress toward resolving the case can be made within the next few weeks.

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