The chairman of the Leavenworth County Commission usually declines to participate in closed-door executive sessions.
But Tuesday, Chairman Louis Klemp called for an executive session at the beginning of Tuesday’s meeting.

The chairman of the Leavenworth County Commission usually declines to participate in closed-door executive sessions.

But Tuesday, Chairman Louis Klemp called for an executive session at the beginning of Tuesday’s meeting.

An executive session already was on the agenda for the purpose of discussing property acquisition. But Klemp said he wanted to have an executive session to discuss a personnel issue.

Klemp made a motion to amend the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting to include the additional executive session.

The motion was approved 3-0.

Klemp then made a motion to go into executive session for 30 minutes to discuss personnel.

This motion also was unanimously approved.

County Administrator Mark Loughry, Senior County Counselor David Van Parys, Public Works Director David Lutgen and Deputy Public Works Director Sarah Shafer were invited to meet with the three commissioners during the closed-door session.

Commissioners took no formal action when they returned to open session.

It is unclear what had been discussed behind closed doors, but it may have had something to do with opening bids for projects.

Commissioner Bob Holland said, no matter what county official opens the bids, he would like for representatives of the county department that is involved in the project to be present.

Klemp has been critical in the past of how the commission has used executive sessions. And he previously had not been participating in the closed-door sessions.

When it came time Tuesday for commissioners to have a second executive session to discuss property acquisition, Klemp declined an invitation to participate in the closed-door session.

After commissioners returned from the five-minute executive session, they voted to authorize Van Parys to continue negotiations with a property owner.

Also Tuesday, commissioners received a briefing about a proposal for a Leavenworth County Port Authority incentive program for speculative buildings.

The presentation was provided by Dan Gutshall, who is heading a committee that has been working on the proposal for the Port Authority.

Gutshall said he had been seeking feedback from other entities that might participate in the program.

He said an official report likely will be made to the Port Authority in September.

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