Venues may hold events with 100 people or half capacity, whichever is less. As a resident of Johnson County and Overland Park for more than five decades, it is my honor to serve as your elected chairman of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners for a third term after serving as 4th District commissioner for four years. Commissioners serve a term of four years and all are elected on staggered terms. The vice chair of the board is elected each year by the five-member Board of Commissioners. Two days later, Capps met with O’Donnell, Clendenin and Colborn to prepare for a radio interview on the John Whitmer radio show. In a news release, the county said it learned about the positive test Tuesday. County Clerk, Pam Welch County Attorney, Chad Corlee Deputy Clerk, Debbie Pittman Financial Officer, Missy Prescott 22 Court Square, Suite B Homerville, GA 31634 912.487.2667 912.487.3658 (Fax) The Board of Commissioners sets direction and formulates policy for the county government, adopts the budget, and approves or disapproves specific actions. All persons must exit the area once the event is over. Columbia County is committed to ensuring accessibility to this website regardless of disability. The video that started O’Donnell’s downfall, a campaign ad promoted on Facebook and YouTube, was designed to benefit then-Mayor Jeff Longwell by smearing his opponent, state Rep. Brandon Whipple, with false allegations of sexual harassment of college-age Capitol interns. For indoor multi-court or multi-playing area rooms, there can be a maximum of two attendees per participant. For his 13th year on the Midland County Board of Commissioners, Mark Bone will once again serve as the group's chairman. ▪ Framing GOP leaders — After Eagle reporting connected the domain name to Capps’ company, leaders of the Sedgwick County Republican Party called on Capps to resign. The veracity of the video quickly unraveled because the allegations were lifted from a Kansas City Star/Wichita Eagle story about female interns’ complaints of sexual harassment by Republican state senators. Meeting Notice – […] “Commissioner O’Donnell, through counsel, indicated his intent to resign from his position prior to 5:00 p.m. November 13, 2020 effectively terminating the need for official ouster proceedings,” Bennett said in his written statement. ... now in his second year on the board, was elected vice chairman. The County Board of Commissioners are: Vicki Koerber, Commissioner – Chairman; Dennis Knobloch, Commissioner – Vice Chair; George Green, Commissioner . Nov. 15—Sedgwick County commissioners said the abrupt resignation of Commissioner Michael O'Donnell Friday came as a surprise to them. Job Ready Partnership Council. Local Emergency Planning Committee Internal Revenue Service records show the charity never raised more than $50,000 in any given year and 501(c)3 nonprofit groups are forbidden by federal law from accepting political donations or spending money to influence elections. The Regular Meeting of the Board of the County Commissioners of Sedgwick County, Kansas, was called to order at 9:04 a.m. on AUGUST 16, 2017 in the County Commission Meeting Room in the Courthouse in Wichita, Kansas, by Chairman David Meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of each month at 8:15 a.m. in the West Meeting Room (old court room) – Room 200 at the Monroe County Courthouse in Waterloo. Commission Chairman Pete Meitzner declined comment. Capps’ former campaign manager Matthew Colborn was quickly identified as the creator of the video and named as the original defendant in Whipple’s lawsuit. The Board enacts policies such as establishment of the property tax rate, regulation of land use and zoning outside municipal jurisdictions, […] As stated in the Broward County Charter, the County Auditor is responsible for conducting financial, compliance, and performance audits and providing County Commissioners with oral or written reports on the procedures, internal controls, and business and procurement practices of government. Because our government is strengthened by civic participation and increased involvement from our citizens, our website offers information to help bring Brevard County … O’Donnell’s resignation follows Capps’ defeat in the August Republican primary by challenger Patrick Penn. A lifelong resident of Chatham County, Chairman Chester A. Ellis is committed to investing in this community and its citizens. Terms are staggered so that, every two years, two or three commissioner seats are up for election. She said Colborn paid her $50 and told her she would be in a public service announcement against domestic violence. Fax: 970-474-0954. commissioners@sedgwickcountygov.net. Vice Chairman Dennis Rape. Westmoreland County board of commissioners chairman Sean Kertes has tested positive for COVID-19. The charity was initially set up in 2013 to accept donations for a new football field at Wichita West High School, where Capps was an equipment manager, but the field was never built. Photo courtesy Sedgwick County Government Facebook, Wednesday, December 9th 2020, 5:26 PM CST. Commissioner Stony Rushing. The Sedgwick County Board of Commissioners have amended the latest local health order to include provisions for event centers, youth organized sports and adult recreational sports. trailed Democrat Sarah Lopez by 125 votes, civil defamation lawsuit brought by Whipple. Sedgwick County commissioners said the abrupt resignation of Commissioner Michael O’Donnell Friday came as a surprise to them. If Lopez wins, she’ll take the seat on Jan. 10. As recently as July, Capps continued to blame Glasscock. Thank you to my parents and family, friends, colleagues, and supporters for your love, guidance, and support. All persons must exit the area once the event is over. Commissioner David Williams. Unlike the Wichita city Council, Sedgwick County commissioners run as members of a party, and compete in both primary and general elections. BARAGA COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS 2021 REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULE All meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month, at 5:00 P.M. in Circuit Courtroom, 16 N. Third St., L’Anse, MI 49946, unless otherwise noted. As of Friday, he trailed Democrat Sarah Lopez by 125 votes with the final results to be announced at noon Monday. Visit The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.) at www.kansas.com. He said in the court filings that O’Donnell is not responsible for the bogus accusation because he thought it would be used on a billboard campaign or Facebook ad, not the video. During the Board of County Commissioner meeting this morning, Commissioner Pete Meitzner was recognized for his service as the 2020 Chairman. Those behind the “Protect Wichita Girls” video went to extraordinary lengths to hide their involvement: ▪ Misled actress — A young Wichita actress who appeared in the video told The Eagle she had neither met nor heard of Whipple when she agreed to be in the ad. 2. Juvenile Crime Prevention Council. If O’Donnell wins the vote count Monday, the now-vacated seat will be filled until the next general election two years from now by someone selected by about two dozen Republican precinct committee members in his 2nd District, which includes Haysville and parts of southwest Sedgwick County. Commissioner Lacey Cruse, who frequently sparred with O’Donnell over the county’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, said replacing O’Donnell for the couple of months remaining in his term will be “yet another distraction that is taking away from the attention we should be giving to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”. Immediately following the swearing in ceremonies, the board of commissioners elected Mr. Wheatly as chairman and Mr. Mansfield as vice chair. Pete Meitzner is Board of Sedgwick County Commissioners Chairman, while Tom Stolz is County Manager. ▪ The only penalty is removal from office. ▪ Domain name shield — The same day the video launched online, a Capps-owned company called Krivacy, LLC purchased the domain name “protectwichitagirls.com.” The same day Eagle reporting linked the video to Capps’ downtown Wichita office building, ownership of the domain transferred to a web hosting company that guarantees its customers anonymity. And his own district advisory board condemned his actions with a vote of “no confidence.”. Chance Swaim and Dion Lefler, The Wichita Eagle, What's behind Michael O'Donnell's resignation from the Sedgwick County Commission. Whipple, then a Democratic member of the state House of Representatives, was not the subject of the interns’ complaints. The Board provides representation in matters of public concern for the citizens of Wilkinson County. In Sedgwick County, two fiscally conservative commission candidates prevailed. newly elected members of the Onslow County Board of Commissioners sworn into office and chairman chosen. Chairman Richard Helms. Sedgwick County Meeting Minutes - Action Only Board of Sedgwick County Commissioners Pursuant to Resolution #007-2016, adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on January 20, 2016, members of the public are allowed to address the County Commission for a period of time limited to not more than five minutes or such Although all his fellow commissioners had called for O’Donnell’s resignation, they hadn’t expected him to make any moves before the election certification Monday. O’Donnell again referred to the billboard campaign earlier this month when he launched a third-party lawsuit against Colborn in an attempt to bring the videographer back into the Whipple defamation suit as a defendant. The County Commission, also known as the Board of Commissioners, is the elected and governing authority of Wilkinson County. The scandal has shaken up the political landscape of the Wichita area, possibly for years to come. 05-CV-1926). O’Donnell did not return a phone call from The Eagle. O’Donnell’s made it a close race despite a secretly made audio recording, released 11 days before the election, that captured him plotting with Capps and Clendenin to cover up their role in the false attack ad and instead frame Sedgwick County Republican Party Chairman Dalton Glasscock. For indoor single-court or single-playing area rooms and outdoor facilities, there can be a maximum of two attendees per participant. Additionally, commissioners added that facilities hosting any youth or adult recreational organized sports are responsible for ensuring that no players or spectators on different courts or playing areas are within six-feet of one another. He was quoted in a written statement issued by the county, but did not address the reasons for his abrupt departure from office. Wichita, KS 67203 Pete Meitzner 1st District - Chairman Email Pete.Meitzner@sedgwick.gov Sarah Lopez 2nd District Email Sarah.Lopez@sedgwick.gov David Dennis 3rd District Email David.Dennis@sedgwick.gov Lacey Cruse 4th District - Chair Pro Tem Email Lacey.Cruse@sedgwick.gov Jim Howell 5th District Email Jim.Howell@sedgwick.gov; Board of County Commissioners ▪ Shell company — The ad was promoted on Facebook and YouTube by Protect Wichita’s Girls LLC, an anonymous shell company registered in New Mexico, a state that does not require closely-held businesses to reveal the names of their owners. Chisholm Trail passes through Sedgwick County, headquartered in Wichita and established in 1867, whose “Values” include “trust, integrity, collaboration, compassion, innovation”. Our County ; Board of Commissioners; Chairman Chester A. Ellis. Eagle reporting had previously linked the three Wichita Republicans to the video in July, but they downplayed their roles, saying they thought they were raising thousands of dollars from Wichita business leaders for a billboard campaign that never materialized. Mr. Everett also serves as the 2019 Chairman for the Board of Commissioners. Capps and Clendenin did not return phone calls seeking comment. Dawson County has a five-member board with four district commissioners and a chairman who are all elected at large. 05-CV-1927). But the Republican precinct committee members would still have to name a replacement for O’Donnell for the two months remaining in his current term, a county news release said. Longwell, the intended beneficiary of the ad, immediately denounced it as “slimy” and later said it played a major role in his defeat. Wednesday was David Dennis' last meeting as Chairman of the Sedgwick County Commission. I look forward to this next journey in my life.”. Capps will leave office in January when new legislators are seated at the start of the annual session. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. It was that or face formal ouster proceedings over his role in a 2019 campaign video of false allegations against Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple — and a subsequent cover-up attempt where he and two other politicians were heard in an audio recording plotting to frame the chairman of the county Republican Party for their actions. David Dennis - Chairman - Sedgwick County Board of County Commissioners | LinkedIn. ... the county’s public health role belongs to the whole board of county commissioners, not just to the chairman. Julesburg, CO 80737. The Sedgwick County Board of Commissioners Meeting Policies are as follows: 1. The Board of Sedgwick County Commissioners frequently receives requests for proclamations to commemorate special events or causes. These requests will be considered when such requests are made by individuals or organizations in the community and pertain to a Sedgwick County event, person, organization, or cause with local implications. ▪ Public denials — O’Donnell, Capps and Clendenin repeatedly denied involvement in the smear campaign to reporters. O’Donnell quietly walked away with 2 months left in his current term. Mrs. Benefield also serves as the 2019 Vice-Chair for the Board of Commissioners. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve in the greatest community and work for the wonderful people of Sedgwick County these last four years,” O’Donnell said in the county statement. Economic Development Advisory Board. O’Donnell proposed accusing Whipple of sexually harassing teenage girls in a written list of ideas that he provided Colborn, according to a court filing submitted by O’Donnell’s lawyer. Vice Chairman Dennis Rape. 970-474-2485. “I got a note from staff that said he (O’Donnell) is resigning as of 5 o’clock this afternoon,” Howell said minutes before 5 on Friday. Pender County is governed by a five-member, Board of Commissioners, elected at large to serve four-year terms. The Commissioners also selected the 2021 Board of County Commissioners Chairman and … See Meeting Notice for details. The ability to speak with the commissioners and exchange issues, ideas and concerns is invaluable to both the County Commissioners and the Sedgwick County Farm Bureau board. But neither body called on him to resign and he’s expressed intent to serve out his term. **Special Meeting – December 22, 2020** To be held via Zoom. O’Donnell had already announced he wouldn’t serve a second four-year term on the commission if he pulls out a victory in the election of Nov. 3. The company was created on Oct. 10, 2019, six days before the video posted online. With a salary in excess of $96,000 a year, the commission is considered the crown jewel for local politicians. This year three of the five positions on the Sedgwick County Board of Commissioners are up for election. The “Protect Wichita Girls” video was posted to Facebook and YouTube on Oct. 16, 2019, less than three weeks before the mayoral election. Agendas and Minutes can be found here. 315 Cedar St Ste 220. Katherine sued the Board of Sedgwick County Commissioners (County), Dr. Porter, and Hertlein (referred to collectively as Defendants) (Case No. WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - The Sedgwick County Board of Commissioners have amended the latest local health order to include provisions for event centers, youth organized sports and adult recreational sports. Chairman: Donald P Schneider – District 3. Lastly, event venues that wish to host events will now be treated like restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Bennett said he’ll have more findings in the coming week on two other politicians linked to the 2019 video attack, state Rep. Michael Capps and Wichita City Council member James Clendenin. Commissioner David Dennis said the board, which typically has five members, will get by. Alphya Benefield - District 1 Commissioner Mrs. Alphya Benefield is the County Commissioner for District 1. He has been censured by the Wichita City Council. All agenda items or visit requests must be brought to the Clerk's Office 48 hours before the meeting. O’Donnell served on the Wichita City Council and the state Senate before winning the coveted commission seat four years ago. The county commissioners added the following amendments to youth organized sports: Sedgwick County Local Health Officer Dr. Garold Minns' previous amendments allowed a maximum of one attendee per participant for indoor multi-court or multi-playing area rooms. The Passing of the Gavel is always a momentous occasion. Commissioners were informed of O’Donnell’s resignation in a short e-mail late Friday from County Counselor Mike Pepoon, minutes before District Attorney Marc Bennett issued a news release saying that he would have brought ouster proceedings next week if O’Donnell hadn’t stepped down from the commission when he did. County Auditor - Robert Melton 954-357-7590 115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 520 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Website. The three officeholders agreed that Capps should try to shift the blame to Glasscock and considered framing County Clerk and former state Republican Chairman Kelly Arnold as well, the Colborn recording revealed. “The Office of the District Attorney received confirmation that the Commissioner tendered his resignation before 5:00 p.m. (Friday).”. Colborn’s secretly recorded audio revealed their involvement in the cover-up plot after the video was debunked and backfired. Tables must also be spaced at least six-feet apart and there may not be more than eight people at any given table. Many thank Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, Kamala Harris' inauguration: 'To say I'm on edge is an understatement', Trump revokes rule barring lobbying by former officials. And they hadn’t been informed that Bennett was planning to immediately move to oust O’Donnell. When their names surfaced in court documents, O’Donnell and Clendenin admitted to raising money but said they thought it would be used for the nonexistent billboards. Human Services Board. Library Board of Trustees. The order will be in effect from 12:01 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 10, to 11:59 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9. Clendenin, whose term runs out next year, could be the last man standing. Sedgwick County Board members attended a lunch with the Sedgwick County Commissioners on Monday, March 12. Both votes were unanimous. It is the goal of the Board of Commissioners to diligently serve the citizens and visitors of Johnson County by addressing all issues and concerns in a timely manner. Mr. Dennis served as chairman the last 2 years. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. But it was quickly explained when the district attorney announced he had uncovered enough evidence to bring legal proceedings to oust O’Donnell from office. Glasscock was a close friend of O’Donnell and his campaign manager when he ran for commission. .▪ Charity donations — To conceal the identities of the donors for the video, O’Donnell and Clendenin asked contributors to cut checks to the Fourth and Long Foundation, a nonprofit organization owned and controlled by Capps. 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