Monday, August 28, 2017
TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! AMID QUESTIONS OF NEW KANSAS CITY AIRPORT CONFLICT COUNCIL LADY JOLIE JUSTUS CLEARED BY CITY HALL!!! DO YOU AGREE WITH KCMO ETHICS LAWYER!?!
Kansas City 4th District Council lady Jolie Justus has been embroiled in an ethics crisis that was FIRST reported by this blog last week.
Accordingly . . .
AMID QUESTIONS AND DEBATE THAT BLEW UP AMONG OUR TKC BLOG COMMUNITY . . . COUNCIL LADY JOLIE JUSTUS ASKED THE CITY HALL LEGAL DEPARTMENT FOR A REVIEW OF HER ETHICAL STANDING AND AWESOME TKC TIPSTERS NOW SHARE THE STATEMENT 1ST & EXCLUSIVELY!!!
Here's the word written by KCMO lawyer Cecilia Abbott, City Attorney/Ethics Compliance Officer:
Better still . . . Here's the money line:
"As you have explained to me, you are "of counsel" for a large Kansas City law firm, Shook Hardy & Bacon. You are director of pro bono services in your firm and report directly to the firm's chair. You are not on track for partnership and your compensation is not based on firm revenues. You receive an annual salary for your work. You are eligible for a merit-based bonus, but you are not eligible for any bonuses on production or firm revenues. This law firm employs over 500 attorneys in twelve offices in different cities.
"Burns & McDonnell is one of the proposers in the Airport Terminal Modernization Project. Although Burns & McDonnell is a client of your law firm, you do not and will not perform any legal work for it. You have not and will not receive any compensation for any work performed by your firm for Burns & McDonnell. Burns & McDonnell has retained a different law firm, Stinson Leonard Street, in connection with its proposal to build a new airport terminal and Stinson has been performing services in this regard.
"Conclusion . . . It is my opinion that no conflict of interest is presented by your service on the City selection committee to examine and rank proposals for the Airport Terminal Modernization Project. There is no personal or financial benefit to you that may result through your evaluations, discussions, and rankings of the proposals. For the purposes of this discussion and the issue raised, there is no benefit to you if the Burns & McDonnell proposal is ultimately recommended to the City Council and either subsequently approved or rejected by the Council. As there is no conflict of interest present, there is no reason for you to withdrawal from participation in this project, either on the selection committee or as a member of the City Council . . ."
Now . . .
Let's not forget that the word from City Hall is not gospel. The legal team for KCMO has been decimated by a hiring freeze, they are good lawyers but often overworked and overturned in quite a few court cases . . . And so we ask our blog community . . .
DO YOU AGREE WITH THE CITY HALL ETHICS LAWYER??? IS JOLIE WORKING FOR ONE OF THE FIRMS REPPING BURNS & MAC CAUSE FOR CONCERN AND STILL A CONFLICT???
The reality is that the court of public opinion might not agree with this estimation of insider connections that are part of the new airport deal. As this project moves toward an election, the perception among voters becomes increasingly important.
You decide . . .