The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

October 16, 2012

Jasper County Commission adopts resolution on handling of sheriff’s account; item not on meeting agenda

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A resolution to govern the handling of a disputed sheriff’s office fund was approved Tuesday by the Jasper County Commission, though action on the measure was not listed on the notice for the commission meeting.

The fund was the subject of disagreement between the commission and Sheriff Archie Dunn at a meeting a week ago. Both Dunn and Bill Fleischaker, his attorney, said they would have attended Tuesday’s general session if the matter had been listed among items scheduled for action in the notice of the commission’s meeting.

There was no entry on the commission agenda listing the issue or any action on the resolution.

“I don’t see how they could take it up; it wasn’t on the agenda,” Fleischaker said.

John Bartosh, presiding commissioner, characterized the matter as “unfinished business.”

Norman Rouse, attorney for the commission, drafted the resolution that was unanimously approved by the panel.

“My position was that it was posted last week at Fleischaker’s request, when he made his pitch on how it would be handled,” Rouse said. “The commission took it under advisement, and ruled today.”

Fleischaker said he believes action on the resolution that was not on the agenda is a violation of the Missouri Open Meetings, Open Records Law. But, he said, he is in a trial this week and will not have an opportunity to raise the issue with the panel.

Under provisions of the law, public governmental bodies are to give notice of the time, date and place of each meeting, and “its tentative agenda, in a manner reasonably calculated to advise the public of the matters to be considered.”

The agenda did list other items, including presentations by Rob O’Brian, president of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, and by Circuit Judge Gayle Crane.

The commission earlier, on Rouse’s advice, had directed the bank to close the fund used for charitable projects of the Sheriff’s Department, including the annual “Shop With a Deputy” program.

Fleischaker a week ago said the money is donated to the sheriff’s office, and decisions on how it is spent are made by a committee of department employees. He asked that the money be turned over to a new not-for-profit he had formed so workers could start making plans for Christmas projects. When he and Rouse could not agree on how the fund would be administered, the commission took the request under advisement.

“This is not county money; it’s money donated for the use of the employees and projects they choose,” Fleischaker said.

The resolution approved by the commission calls for money in the account to be used for the purposes designated in the earlier account, with $23,291 to go to the “Shop With a Deputy” program in which deputies shop with low-income youngsters; $3,171 for the sheriff’s office Christmas Party; and $1,780 for breast cancer awareness projects, from coins sold by employees.


THE RESOLUTION SPECIFIES that money will be spent only when a written request by the sheriff is made to the auditor, and that checks issued by the county treasurer will go to the supplier and not to the sheriff’s office or sheriff’s employees. The County Commission can review the requests and reject those it deems not reasonable or necessary.

Text Only
Local News
  • 0420earthday.jpg Prairie State Park kicks off Earth Day events

    Prairie State Park began celebrating Earth Day early with an event Saturday that provided a chance for people of all ages to learn more about how they can protect the environment.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Joplin Catholic schools to hold annual spring auction

    The Joplin Area Catholic Schools spring auction will be staged Saturday at the Jack Lawton Webb Convention Center, 5300 S. Range Line Road in Joplin.

    April 19, 2014

  • Wally Kennedy MUG72.jpg Wally Kennedy: Another pizza choice and ice cream on the way

    A new pizza restaurant is coming to the northwest corner of Stone’s Corner in the Village of Airport Drive. Piez is opening this week in a storefront that formerly housed Quincy Magoo’s, 6039 N. Main Street Road, which has been closed for more than two years.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • mike pound_cnhi .jpg Mike Pound: No more hiding Easter eggs or emotions

    Well, that’s a wrap on the Easter egg hunts. For about 15 years we have staged not one, but two Easter egg hunts for our now 16-year-old daughter, Emma.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 041914 Wedding1_72.jpg VIDEO: Cancer patient walks down aisle in wedding thrown by friends

    A year ago, Schandera Jordan was diagnosed with a rare form cervical cancer. And months after a radical hysterectomy, doctors confirmed the worst: The cancer had spread to her lungs and pancreas.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • r041614giregabby.jpg SLIDE SHOW: Teen with cystic fibrosis finds widespread support

    When the Nevada Show Choir performs its spring show on stage, it’s impossible to pick out the student with cystic fibrosis because there are no outward clues.
    Gabby Gire, 18, is just another performer. She sings, she dances, she smiles for the audience.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo 1 Slideshow

  • Enrollment open for Joplin summer school

    Enrollment is now open for the Joplin school district’s summer school session, which will run Wednesday, June 4, though Tuesday, July 1.

    April 19, 2014

  • r041814capbus4.jpg Funding shortfall could hinder public transportation in Southeast Kansas

    For the past two years, Pittsburg State University sophomore Travis Cook has been using public transportation to get to and from his classes. He began using the bus his freshman year, when he didn’t have a vehicle to drive even to the grocery store — which is said to be the case for many who use the service.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bruner denied change of venue for murder trial

    Circuit Judge Gayle Crane has denied a change of venue for a defendant charged with fatally shooting an assistant football coach at Missouri Southern State University. The attorney for Jeffrey Bruner claimed pretrial publicity as the reason for seeking a change of venue in Jasper County Circuit Court.

    April 18, 2014

  • Russell family sues city, Joplin police

    Family members of a teenage girl whose suicide a year ago brought them into conflict with police officers and emergency medical technicians are suing the city and the Joplin Police Department. Kevin and Julissa Russell and their son, Brant Russell, are the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in Jasper County Circuit Court. The action filed on the Russells’ behalf by Kansas City attorney Andrew Protzman names the city, the Police Department and Officers Austin Wolf and Tyler Christensen as defendants.

    April 18, 2014

Must Read


Missouri Republicans are considering a new approach to prevent federal agents from enforcing laws the state considers to be infringements on gun rights: barring them from future careers in state law enforcement agencies. Do you think this proposal has merit?

     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter