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Kingman County attorney: No violation of open meetings act

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at 10:17 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at 10:31 a.m.

A county attorney said the Kingman City Commission didn’t violate the state’s open meetings act in January.

An investigation “revealed no such violation occurred,” Kingman County Attorney Matthew Ricke said in a news release Thursday.

Ricke added that the allegation was “based on speculation” and declined to say who filed the complaint. He said City Commission members didn’t even attend the “alleged” meeting that prompted the complaint.

“The Kingman County Sheriff’s Office conducted a thorough investigation regarding the allegation, including numerous interviews, follow-up interviews and collection of evidence,” Ricke said in a statement. “After reviewing the reports, it became apparent that the allegation made was without merit.”

A couple of issues arose in January about the city of Kingman’s leadership.

Marc Holloway resigned as police chief on Jan. 3 after being the target of a probe by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation that began in October. No charges were filed.

About a week later, on Jan. 9, City Manager Frank Soukup was fired on a 3-2 vote by the City Commission. Commissioners have declined to say why he was fired.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rickplumlee.

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