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AG Derek Schmidt reaches settlement with Lincoln County Commission members over KOMA violations

Release Date: Jan 14, 2021

TOPEKA – (January 14, 2021) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt last week executed a settlement with two members of the Lincoln County Commission to resolve a violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA).

In March 2020, the Office of Attorney General received a complaint alleging the Lincoln County Commission, specifically members Alexis Pflugh and Randy Lohmann, failed to notify the public of a meeting. Upon investigation, the attorney general’s office determined that Pflugh and Lohmann violated the KOMA by participating in simultaneous Facebook postings discussing county business in February 2020. Commissioner James Gabelmann did not participate in the Facebook exchanges.

At the conclusion of the investigation, Pflugh and Lohmann signed a consent order admitting that they violated the KOMA. The commissioners have agreed to obtain training, provide written confirmation that they obtained the training, and not engage in any future violations of the KOMA.

A copy of the consent order, which was signed last week by the attorney general, is available at http://ag.ks.gov/open-govt/enforcement-actions. Information about the requirements of the KOMA and the KORA can be found at http://ag.ks.gov/open-govt.

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