The chairman of the Leavenworth County Commission wants more information about how the county government would operate with five commissioners.

The chairman of the Leavenworth County Commission wants more information about how the county government would operate with five commissioners.

Chairman Louis Klemp said he would like to study parameters related to a five-member commission. He discussed the issue Tuesday during a commission meeting.

Currently, there are three members of the County Commission. Each commissioner represents a district.

Earlier this year, a group called Give Me Five successfully collected the necessary signatures to have a question regarding the expansion of the County Commission placed on the ballot for the November general election. The group is seeking to expand the commission to five districts.

Commissioner Doug Smith said preliminary maps have been drawn up for a five-district commission. He said population data from the 2010 census has to be used for the maps. He said the maps would have to be updated following the 2020 census.

Joe Herring, a local surveyor who attended Tuesday’s meeting, brought up the issue of a five-member commission during a public comment portion of the meeting.

Herring asked if the group supporting the expansion of the commission has submitted a proposal to the county regarding a pay structure for five commissioners.

“Think all of that should be discussed,” Klemp said.

He revisited the issue of a five-member commission later during the meeting.

Also Tuesday, commissioners met behind closed doors for two executive sessions to discuss personnel issues.

County Administrator Mark Loughry said he was requesting the first executive session.

Loughry and Senior County Counselor David Van Parys joined the commissioners during the first closed-door session.

When commissioners returned to open session, they voted to have Van Parys draft a document with Loughry and present the document to an individual who was not named in the motion.

Commissioners then went into another executive session.

It initially was suggested that Loughry and Van Parys would once again be invited to join the commissioners in the closed-door session along with Public Works Director David Lutgen.

But Commissioner Bob Holland suggested the three commissioners could take care of the issue with Lutgen. And Loughry and Van Parys were not asked to participate in the second executive session.

Commissioners took no action when they returned to open session.

In the past, Klemp has been critical how the commission has used executive sessions, and he has declined to participate in the closed-door sessions.

However, he participated in an executive session during a meeting last week. And he participated in both of the executive sessions Tuesday.

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