Archive for Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Basehor city prosecutor publicly announces resignation

Basehor City Hall is at 2620 N. 155th St.

Basehor City Hall is at 2620 N. 155th St.

February 7, 2012, 5:08 p.m.

Updated: February 8, 2012, 8:30 a.m.

Addressing Mayor Terry Hill after a city council work session Monday night, Basehor's city prosecutor announced her resignation and accused the mayor of ending her appointment for political reasons.

KiAnn McBratney, the city's prosecutor since 2009, walked to the public comment lectern in the city council chambers immediately after the work session adjourned, asking for the attention of everyone in the room. She told the mayor and the crowd of attendees she would resign immediately after receiving notice that Hill planned not to re-appoint her in May.

McBratney said Monday she believed the mayor had made his decision because of her “personal associations” with his political opponents.

“There was no doubt that the notice I received last week was simply your, Mr. Mayor's, political game at my expense,” McBratney said.

McBratney explained Tuesday that she was referring to her relationship with City Council President Dennis Mertz, whom she said she had been dating for about 18 months.

Mertz, who confirmed his relationship with McBratney to the Sentinel, voted in September to fire city administrator Mark Loughry, a decision Hill opposed.

“Obviously, he and Dennis are opposed on many issues,” McBratney said of Hill.

Hill said after McBratney's announcement he had followed the terms of McBratney's agreement with the city, notifying her of his plans in advance, and he would not publicly discuss his decision not to re-appoint her.

“It's never, ever going to be my place to give a reason or a discussion on why I chose to release an appointed attorney,” Hill said. “You just can't do that.”

As city prosecutor, McBratney served as an independent contractor. The position is up for appointment by the mayor each year in May. Several other city positions, such as the municipal court judge and the city attorney, operate under similar conditions.

According to her agreement with the city, McBratney was paid $85 per hour of work, or at least $400 per month. In 2011, the city paid her about $5,700 in all.

Hill first appointed McBratney to the job in 2009 and re-appointed her in 2010 and 2011, with city council approval each time. McBratney, a former assistant district attorney for Wyandotte County, also has a law office in Basehor.

McBratney's contractor agreement with the city, which renewed each year upon her re-appointment, required the city to provide her three months' notice that she would not be re-appointed.

The agreement also called for the city and McBratney to “engage in good faith negotiation” three months before the renewal date each year, regarding the terms of the next year's agreement.

McBratney said no such negotiations had occurred this year. Hill said no negotiation was required because no further agreements were planned.

This story was updated Wednesday to include KiAnn McBratney's total pay from the city of Basehor in 2011.

Comments

Thinkaboutit 2 years, 2 months ago

This is ridiculous! Our city hall is looking more like a high school than city hall. All I see and hear is gossip and cliques forming. You all sound like a bunch of idiots! I say you we get rid of all the "children" involved! Mertz, Hill, Box, Dysart, and Mcbratney all need to go. For the first time in over 20 years, I am embarassed to tell people I live in this city because of the arrogant, childish, and useless people in our city hall!

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LightTheDarkCorners 2 years, 2 months ago

You should be embarassed about because from your post it is obvious you haven't looked at any evidence in the issues here.

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Thinkaboutit 2 years, 2 months ago

What evidence in what issues?! There are no "issues" even mentioned in the article! You disagreed with me just to do it! I would like to add you to the list of peopel who need to leave! All your comments are argumentative just because you're bored! Get a life

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LightTheDarkCorners 2 years, 2 months ago

Mayor Hill's removal of another competent attorney is further evidence that he wishes to have a competely compliant legal staff serving this city. He obviously doesn't want good law, he wants his preferred answers. Watch for him next to appoint the inept attorney who represented him in his futile attempt to avoid the electorate in the recall election. The public should very carefully question the credentials, history, and professional reputation of whomever this administration attempts to foist on this city.

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johninbasehor 2 years, 2 months ago

I wonder if our police chief/acting city administrator will become our police chief/acting city administrator/city prosecutor? Does this poor guy get paid by the job? I sure hope he is not salaried!

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johninbasehor 2 years, 2 months ago

I wonder if our police chief/acting city administrator will become our police chief/acting city administrator/city prosecutor? Does this poor guy get paid by the job? I sure hope he is not salaried!

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boots 2 years, 2 months ago

OMG. . . How does her personal relationships have any bearing on how good she is at her job? Sounds like a gossip/rumor mill to me. . . Poor Basehor.

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enough 2 years, 2 months ago

this is why all of them need to be recalled. Innocent people are getting caught in the middle of their childish behavior (on both sides). Who's next? The comment about useless people in city hall---those people work hard at their jobs, let's leave them out of this.

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eugenestoner 2 years, 2 months ago

Personal feelings and grudges should have been put aside in this matter. Ms. McBratney is a good person and attorney. I consider her to be a friend and colleague and respect her greatly. The fact that I don't agree with the actions and politics of certain members of the governing body never influenced that respect nor did it influence her abliity to provide quality prosecutorial work for the city. Simply put, those issues didn't affect her work, yet it appears she is paying for the past actions of others. I privately condemned the actions of the council right along with many others, but this latest twist is right up there with those previous vindictive and short sighted acts. BTW, since that fateful day in September, the Chief has been doing both jobs, with very, very little in the way of extra compensation. His timely intervention into the negotiations led to the Orscheln deal becoming reality. If the powers that be follow the script, he too will be rewarded for months of dedication and sacrifice with a pink slip just like Ms. McBratney. That would be a shame as well. The reality is this, the Chief, KiAnn and the rest of the city employees, have done a remarkable job despite the heat of this ongoing political firestorm. I am sure this message will prompt a reponse from those that would disagree but my opinion is based on first hand observation and fact. That's the beauty of the First Amendment. Feel free to blast away.

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ProudOfOurCity 2 years, 2 months ago

LTDC: Mr. Washington you are pathetic. Since you have no successes in your life and have never accomplished anything of importance, your only method to call attention to your narcissistic self is to tear down others. Nothing comes from you that has value. You constantly criticize, ridicule and more than anything else lie about every topic you address. You continue to try to influence citizens with your hateful comments. You must have no conscience because you have no problem trying to destroy people's lives with your lies who have not bowed down to you. If you are so miserable with Basehor please do us all a favor and move back to where you came from. Your new name should be DarkenEveryCornerWithHatred.

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