When they met Thursday, Leavenworth County commissioners voted to place the Human Resources Department under the control of the county clerk.

When they met Thursday, Leavenworth County commissioners voted to place the Human Resources Department under the control of the county clerk.

The motion was made by Commissioner Louis Klemp, who was just appointed to the commission.

He made a motion to return human resources operations to the County Clerk’s Office.

As part of the motion, Klemp said he wanted County Administrator Mark Loughry and County Clerk Janet Klasinski to determine how the Human Resources Department would be run.

“I want it done immediately,” Klemp said.

The motion passed 2-1 with Commissioner Bob Holland voting against it.

This was the first meeting since Klemp’s appointment to the commission was made official by the governor’s office.

Last week, Republican precinct committee men and women voted to select Klemp to fill a vacancy on the commission. Klemp’s selection was then forwarded to the governor’s office for an official appointment.

Klemp is replacing former Commissioner Clyde Graeber, who resigned last month due to health reasons.

Klemp represents the commission’s 2nd District, which includes the city of Lansing and a portion of Leavenworth.

Commission Chairman Doug Smith supported Klemp’s motion to place control of the Human Resources Department under the control of the county clerk.

Smith recently has expressed concern about a personnel document concerning Interim County Counselor David Van Parys being leaked to the media. The document was referenced in a television news story that appeared on KSHB Channel 41.

Klemp said during Thursday’s meeting that any leaks should have been stopped by the Human Resources Department.

During a Sept. 28 commission meeting, Loughry said he was confident the document had not been leaked by any current member of the county staff.

Smith inquired Thursday about an investigation into the leaking of the information.

Loughry said the matter had been referred to the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office. Loughry said the County Attorney’s Office also may be looking into the issue.

Loughry said he would ask the agencies for an official reply.

When reached by phone Thursday afternoon, Sheriff Andy Dedeke said alleged violations of the Kansas Open Records Act are investigated by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office or the County Attorney’s Office.

Dedeke also said a violation of the Kansas Open Records Act would result in a civil penalty. It would not be a criminal matter.

County Attorney Todd Thompson said his office would have a conflict of interest in prosecuting a case involving such a leak because the County Commission approves the budget for the County Attorney’s Office.

Loughry said Thursday afternoon that the employees of the Human Resources Department had been given the rest of the day off after the commission meeting to give officials time to discuss what would happen following Klemp’s motion.

He said the employees of the Human Resources Department will be back at work today. He said they will continue to work out of the same office space. He said it should be business as usual. The only change is that the department will now be a division of the County Clerk’s Office.

As part of his motion, Klemp said he wanted Loughry to direct the Public Works Department to change the locks to the Human Resources Department office until a decision was made about security procedures in the future.

Loughry said the office was secured after the meeting but the locks were not changed.

Klasinski said human resources for the county were handled through the County Clerk’s Office years ago.

Klasinski said Klemp’s motion came as a surprise.

The county clerk said she met employees of the Human Resources Department for a few minutes after Thursday’s meeting. She said another meeting is planned for today.

Klemp’s motion came after he raised a series of other issues.

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