After reviewing his recent comments, a Leavenworth County commissioner said the remarks were disappointing and lacking in clarity.

After reviewing his recent comments, a Leavenworth County commissioner said the remarks were disappointing and lacking in clarity.

Commissioner Louis Klemp’s assessment of his earlier remarks came at the end of a County Commission meeting Monday.

Klemp appeared to be referring to comments he made during a meeting last week in which he mentioned Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and slavery. He made the comments Thursday while discussing a proposal to add two paid holidays for county employees.

Commissioner Bob Holland later was critical of the remarks when interviewed for a KSHB Channel 41 television news story.

Klemp said he had reviewed his comments before Monday’s meeting.

Klemp said he agreed with a point Holland made in the television news story regarding too much time being spent on the issue of the employee holiday schedule.

“He is correct,” Klemp said. “Our taxpayers deserve a more efficient meeting.”

Klemp suggested during Monday’s meeting that it would be better if the employee holiday schedule is handled by a committee.

The holiday schedule was approved last week by a 2-1 vote. Klemp voted against it.

Holland said Monday that he was thinking about rescinding his vote to approve the schedule.

The schedule adds Presidents Day and Columbus Day as paid holidays for county employees in 2018.

Holland said Monday that members of the public who have those days off from work may want to use that time to conduct business with the county.

“Is this something we ought to consider?” Holland said.

His comments about the holiday schedule came as commissioners were considering approval of the minutes of Thursday’s meeting.

County Administrator Mark Loughry said the issue of the holiday schedule can be revisited as a future agenda item. But he said commissioners were only being asked Monday to consider the minutes of the earlier meeting.

Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a consent agenda which included the minutes and other items.

A reporter and cameraman from KSHB attended Monday’s commission meeting. Klemp declined to speak to the reporter after the meeting.

Also Monday, Klemp raised a question regarding county elected officials spending money for things that are not in an approved budget.

Loughry said the law gives elected officials the authority to spend funds within their budgets however they choose as long as they do not exceed their overall budget amounts set by the commission.

Klemp’s question comes after Sheriff Andy Dedeke, who is an elected official, hired an attorney who previously was terminated by the commission. The attorney filled a new position that was created by the sheriff.

Klemp has accused Dedeke of being disrespectful for not discussing the matter with commissioners.

During Monday’s meeting, Klemp made reference to what he called “slush funds” in budgets used by county officials.

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