By ELLY GRIMM
• Leader & Times
During an executive session at Wednesday evening’s Liberal City Commission meeting, the commission unanimously voted for city attorney Shirla McQueen to file a complaint with either the county attorney or the state’s attorney general to determine who will investigate allegations of possible misconduct against commissioner Ron Warren. The investigation will also determine whether or not probable cause exists to initiate ouster proceedings against him.
Once the complaint has been filed, either the county attorney or attorney general will determine whether or not to investigate the allegations. If an investigation does occur, the attorney general can determine whether or not the facts are compliant with reasons for ousting.
During the meeting, McQueen said that if the facts are, in fact, in violation of state statute, the attorney general would file ouster proceedings in district court and a judge would have to determine whether the complaint was valid and the elected official should be ousted.
McQueen further stated that at this point there is simply an investigation, and it’s out of the commission’s hands, with Mayor Dave Harrison clarifying that the commission is not in charge of determining whether it’s a fireable offense.
After the meeting, neither McQueen nor city manager Mark Hall would comment about the allegations against Warren due to attorney-client privilege.
“It’s, basically, out of our hands and her hands once the complaint is filed,” Hall said.