JoCo DA says Mission leaders violated Open Meetings Act

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said Mission city leaders violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act during the city’s negotiations to purchase a building in February. But Howe won’t take any further action, The Star reported.

Although the Mission City Council could have and did talk about the pending purchase of the Neff building near Martway Street and Metcalf Avenue in a closed meeting, it failed to authorize the purchase, Howe said. …

“The purchase of the Neff building was a violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act and you should refrain from this type of conduct,” Howe told the council in a statement.

Howe said he would not charge any of the council members or mayor with violating the law at this time. But he requested that the mayor and City Council attend training on the open meetings law within the next six months.

“If future violations occur, I will reconsider this decision,” Howe said.

(You can see KCTV’5 video report on The Star’s high school sports site, if you like)

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