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April 1, 2014

Galena city attorney offers to resign in wake of DWI arrest

GALENA, Kan. — Kevin Cure, city attorney for Galena and legal counselor for the Cherokee County Commission, offered his resignation from both positions Tuesday after being charged last week with driving while intoxicated.

Cure, 50, of Joplin, was arrested just after midnight Thursday near Ninth and Main streets in Joplin, according to a police report.

Cure told the Globe on Tuesday that he initially was pulled over for a lane change violation. He said he was asked to take a Breathalyzer test that registered a blood-alcohol concentration level of 0.18 percent.

“I’d had a personal crisis that day and frankly went in the wrong direction with the drinking that night,” Cure said.

Cure was appointed as both city attorney and county counselor in 2004. He offered his resignation to the Galena mayor and a county commissioner.

“I’m not going to make it difficult if they want to go another direction,” he said.

Cure has prosecuted DWI cases and said his arrest would not undermine how he handles his work.

“It’s not going to change how I approach any case I would prosecute,” he said.

Galena Mayor Dale Oglesby said the City Council will discuss the issue at a Monday night meeting.

Oglesby said the news was disappointing, but added that he would rather see “Kevin get healed and get helped.”

“If someone gets in trouble, we stay with them,” Oglesby said, but he noted that the council might have a different idea.

County Commissioner Richard Hilderbrand said he would have to review state statutes. The commission also will talk about the matter Monday.

“Obviously, that’s a pretty big concern for us,” Hilderbrand said.

Cure said he has worked hard and has been dedicated to his jobs.

“I have to commit to not letting this ever happen again,” he said. “There’s no excuse. I simply made a poor decision, and it’s one I never should have made.”

Court date

KEVIN CURE said he was held in the Joplin City Jail overnight and then released on his own recognizance. A court date has been set for April 15.

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