Wednesday, October 25, 2017
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! STRIKE THREE!!! JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATURE REJECTS ANOTHER APPOINTMENT BY EXEC FRANK WHITE AMID HISTORIC COURTHOUSE IMPASSE!!!
Under the radar and unbeknownst to most local voters, there is a historic battle between Jackson County Executive Frank White and the Legislature currently underway. Moreover, Exec Frank White is losing this fight.
A quick roundup of the situation:
Exec Frank White was rejected by the Legislature over his appointment of a new COMBAT director. The move was unprecedented and possibly the biggest public slap in the face that any politico in Kansas City has endured in 2017.
As a follow-up, Exec White's attempt to install an interim director was also rejected by the Legislature which added insult to injury.
And now . . .
STRIKE THREE . . . EXEC FRANK WHITE'S EFFORT TO APPOINT AN INTERIM CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER WAS REJECTED BY THE JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATURE!!!
Technically, the order was rescinded but that's because Exec White didn't have the votes and confronted a Legislature that is completely unified against him.
We previewed this fight over the weekend and now . . . Insiders inform us that the debate is far more important than anti-crime programs because the budget is on the line nearly every week at the Courthouse.
JaxCo Insider: "A lot of people don't realize it but that kind of institutional knowledge is very difficult to replace. The County is collecting and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars every week and if we don't have qualified people minding the store. Financial disaster isn't as faraway as most of us would like to think. Check around, Jackson County is probably already very close to tapping their emergency resources against Missouri State requirements."
A bit of historical perspective from a Courthouse Insider:
"This is a level of fighting that we haven't seen in decades. Mike (Sanders) never let things get this bad and never faced three rejections in a row from the Legislature. This has a lot in common with Bill Waris and Victor Callahan fighting tooth & nail with one another."
And here's what makes it worse . . .
EXEC FRANK WHITE WASN'T EVEN IN ATTENDANCE FOR THIS SMACKDOWN FROM THE LEGISLATURE AND THERE ARE GROWING COMPLAINTS THAT HE'S OFTEN MISSING IN ACTION FROM THE COURTHOUSE!!!
Behind the scene, Exec White's chief of staff Caleb Clifford is taking a great deal of heat and blame for the standoff betwixt Exec White and the Legislature and a nearly complete breakdown in communication.
While Mr. Clifford seems content to serve as a lightning rod for the Executive, the legislative shut out now confronting the White Administration threatens to impact the finances of Jackson County.
Developing . . .