Archive for Wednesday, September 17, 2008

County attorney investigating BOCC in open meetings inquiry

September 17, 2008, 12:00 a.m.

Updated: October 1, 2008, 12:00 a.m.

The controversy surrounding the reduction in force of 18 Leavenworth County employees continues.

Leavenworth County Attorney Frank Kohl said his office received a request from the Leavenworth Times to investigate whether the Leavenworth County Board of County Commissioners violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act during meetings discussing the county’s 2009 budget.

The question of the KOMA violation was tied to a reduction in force that the commissioners felt was necessary to keep the tax mil at an acceptable level.

Stephen Mustain, a county resident, said during the Aug. 28 public budget hearing that the county left itself open to litigation when it eliminated those positions during executive sessions.

The commissioners disagreed.

“I don’t think any of us here have violated the law,” Oroke said during the meeting. “We know what the law is and we abide by the law. You may not be happy with what we are doing, but it was not behind closed doors.”

County Counselor David Van Parys said the commission had conducted the executive sessions properly. Commission Chairman Clyde Graeber has also asked that the Kansas Attorney General’s office look into the matter.


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