Basehor Recall Election Central
Use this page as your guide as you prepare to vote in the Feb. 28 Basehor recall election.
Below are links to the Sentinel's coverage of the petitions to recall Basehor Mayor Terry Hill and Basehor City Council members Dennis Mertz and Iris Dysart, as well as related issues. Many of these stories contain downloadable documents and records with more information.
First, check out the Sentinel's recall Q & A feature, which answers some questions you may have about how the recall election works and how the city of Basehor got here.
For more detailed information, take a look at the stories linked below:
Dennis Mertz and Iris Dysart recalls
• The word "recall" first entered the news in Basehor at the end of October, when a group of residents launched an effort to recall council members Mertz and Dysart.
• Shortly afterward, Mertz and Dysart publicly responded to the charges listed on the petition for their recall.
• Later in the fall, an unsolicited email promoting the recall effort prompted questions from residents and city council members.
• By late December, residents had gathered enough signatures on their petition and the county scheduled a recall election for Feb. 28.
• Just more than a week before the election, Mertz and Dysart spoke at a town-hall meeting, where they responded to accusations and criticisms against them.
• And with less than a week to go, Mertz addressed the recall election in a letter submitted to the Sentinel.
Terry Hill recall
• Shortly after the Mertz-Dysart recall effort began, a different group of residents created a petition to recall the mayor.
• The mayor responded to the allegations on his recall petition in a letter to Basehor residents.
• In December, Hill began a legal challenge of the petition for his recall.
• Then, in January, a Leavenworth County District Court judge ruled for Hill's election to continue. About a month later, the Kansas Court of Appeals confirmed that Hill would appear on the recall ballot.
• In February, the Sentinel looked into accusations of "wasteful spending" against Hill.
• About two weeks before the election, the mayor again discussed the accusations on his recall petition in a letter submitted to the Sentinel.
Mark Loughry firing
Former Basehor city administrator Mark Loughry is featured prominently in the accusations on all three recall petitions. Below are links to the Sentinel's coverage of Loughry's firing and its aftermath,
• The city council fired Loughry in a surprise, split vote in September.
• The firing sparked shock and confusion in the days that followed.
• The council members confirmed their decision in a special meeting later that week.
• The Sentinel examined allegations that Loughry had inappropriately received additional health benefits.
• In early October, the city council voided a severance check for more than $50,000 that Hill had authorized.
• Later that month, the Sentinel looked into accusations that Loughry had misrepresented his salary at his previous job.
• In December, Loughry was hired to work for the city of Raytown, Mo.
• And last month, Loughry informed the city of plans to file a lawsuit in response to actions surrounding his firing, seeking more than $500,000 in damages.
To learn more about the past actions of Hill, Mertz and Dysart as elected officials in Basehor, go to basehorinfo.com/news/government to look through Sentinel coverage of the Basehor City Council.