Danedri Thompson

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The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office is investigating members of the Gardner City Council and Mayor for at least two separate Kansas Open Meetings Act violations.

A spokesperson for the DA declined to comment about any specifics of the investigation including who filed the complaint, which council members are under investigation and when the investigation will be complete.

The Gardner News was able to confirm that an investigator from the DA’s office questioned at least two officials about a July 14 executive session and about a possible serial meeting violation related to an email.

During a July 14 work session, council member Larry Fotovich objected to going into executive session on five different occasions.

“I object to executive session. The discussion of overall salary structure is not an issue for executive session and should be discussed in the open session. It’s something that can be gotten as part of the Kansas Open Records Act and is not something that should be secret,” he said in open session prior to joining the council in executive session.

All other council members voted each time, four-to-one, in favor of retreating behind closed doors.

Fotovich declined to answer any questions for this story.