Thursday, March 6, 2014

KCK resident files lawsuit due to vacancy on UG board

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- It's been nearly a year since Unified Government Mayor/CEO Mark Holland's commissioners seat became vacant following the 2013 mayoral election.

One Wyandotte County resident is willing to go to court in an effort to try and fill the position, which has remained vacant nearly a year.

Carolyn A. Wyatt filed a petition for a writ of mandamus this week in Wyandotte County District Court.

In the lawsuit, she claims that she has suffered a "lack of representation" due to the District 1 At-Large Commissioner's seat being open.

Wyatt is also seeking damages as a result of the vacancy.

The open position was one of the few dividing issues so far for the current UG board.

Last summer, the governing body cast multiple 5-5 votes when trying to choose between Don Budd Jr., and Nathan Barnes, the two candidates chosen from an original pool of nearly 20 candidates interested in filling the vacancy.

The next election that would fill the spot would be April 2015.