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Attorney general launches Florence Council inquiry

Staff writer

Kansas Attorney General’s office is looking into a possible violation of the state’s open meetings laws by Florence City Council.

A complaint was filed with the attorney general’s office, which alleged possible KOMA violations for council business discussed outside an open meeting and for the recent resignation of former city clerk Janet Robinson.

Investigators dismissed allegations of improper council

business discussion, but the circumstances of Robinson’s resignation are still being reviewed.

Florence’s attorney is writing a response, but councilman Trayce Warner said the complaint has to be addressed properly.

“If I’m not satisfied with the way we respond, I won’t sign off on it,” she said. “Whether I should, could, or whatever, I won’t. I went over his drafted response and talked about certain issues I had.”

One of Warner’s concerns was whether council members discussed public business outside open meetings.

“I can say that because it’s open record,” she said. “If they showed up with one of those motions where it was all new to me without any discussion, I want to know.”

Warner, who is running for a seat on the county commission, will not stay on the council even if she loses the county election.

Attempts to reach other council members Tuesday were unsuccessful.

According an email from the Attorney General’s office, no further information can be provided at this time.

Last modified Oct. 23, 2019