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AG Derek Schmidt announces KOMA settlement with Johnson County Parks Board chairman

Release Date: Oct 09, 2017

TOPEKA – (October 9, 2017) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today announced a settlement with the chairman of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District Board to resolve a violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA). The settlement was finalized last week.

In December 2016, the attorney general’s office received a complaint alleging that the chairman violated the KOMA. The complaint alleged that the chairman engaged in serial communications in violation of the KOMA by individually contacting a majority of the members of the board seeking support for a second term as chairman. Upon investigation, the attorney general’s office determined that the interactive communications in a series did violate the KOMA.

At the conclusion of the investigation, the chairman signed a consent order agreeing to receive at least one hour of training on the provisions of the KOMA and not to engage in any future violations of the KOMA.

A copy of the Consent Order is available at http://ag.ks.gov/open-govt/enforcement-actions. Information about requirements of the Kansas Open Meetings Act and the Kansas Open Records Act can be found at http://ag.ks.gov/open-govt.

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