Thursday, August 31, 2017
TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! ETHICS CONTROVERSY CONTINUES FOR COUNCIL LADY JOLIE JUSTUS!!!
While a City Hall committee quickly cleared Council Lady Jolie Justus of recent ethics questions, her many alleged local conflicts have become a topic of increasing discussion.
First of all, the turnaround time for the KCMO Ethics Commission decision was nearly record breaking. Usually, months pass without this group meeting or weighing in on any topic. Expect future depositions on what sparked this group into action when this airport hot mess inevitably goes to court and/or trial.
Fun fact . . . It wasn't a local political hack who filed the ethics complaint against Council Lady Justus but a Rockhurst University professor who penned an excellent screed against the conflict. This is important because it reveals growing resentment across KCMO as to how City Hall is doing new airport business.
Now . . . More ethics questions are on the table.
An awesome TKC tipster tells us that Jolie’s Legislative Aide is Alec E. Kelley.
On Jolie's campaign finance reporting there are several payments recorded to an Alec Kelley.
Please reference the KCMO Code of Ethics (yes, they have one) and review "Division 7. Political Activities", specifically . . .
Section. 2-2070. Permitted and prohibited political activities of employees
Section. 2-2071. Prohibition on required political participation
Section. 2-2072. City communications - prohibitions related to city elections
According to the KCMO City Council Handbook:
"The salaries, benefits and payroll taxes for City Council aides are budgeted separately from each individual office budget."
"The annual city wide budget will set out guidelines for raises for all exempt employees, which include City Council aides. Changes to a City Council aide’s salary shall be processed through the Mayor Pro Tem’s office."
"No outside funds may be accepted by a City council office to supplement its budget."
"Employees of the City Council are members of the unclassified service, unless otherwise designated as a classified employee by the hiring authority."
"City Council staff must adhere to City policies and procedures."
"City staff shall not undertake personal errands for the members of the City Council, or any other staff member. City staff shall not perform political tasks during work hours unless on vacation or other appropriate leave. Political tasks will never be performed using City property."
And so . . .
CITY COUNCIL COLLEAGUES ARE PREPARING MORE QUESTIONS FOR COUNCIL LADY JOLIE JUSTUS ABOUT PAYMENTS AND HIRING OF ALEC KELLEY AND/OR ALEC E. KELLY GIVEN CAMPAIGN DONATIONS FROM BURNS & MAC AND CITY HALL EMPLOYMENT RULES & REGS!!!
In the latest campaign reports, a sum of $8,500.00 was noted over about a year's time . . . So this isn't exactly chump change we're talking about . . . Which is why we're not even going to talk about Council Lady Jolie's property taxes.
Furthermore, tax fighters are crying foul over a the recent ethics contradiction . . . From a recent e-mail blast:
"We have to ask why Councilperson Justus recused herself recently on the Kemper Arena matters because her law firm, Shook Hardy Bacon (SHB) represented one of the parties involved. This totally discredits the city attorney's analysis and begs the question as to why recuse on the Kemper transaction but not the Airport?"
Accordingly . . .
ETHICS CONTROVERSY CONTINUES FOR COUNCIL LADY JOLIE AS HER SOCIAL JUSTICE CREDENTIALS FADE AMID GRASSROOTS RAGE OVER CRONY CAPITALISM QUESTIONS!!!
You decide . . .