A member of the County Commission wants an attorney general’s opinion regarding whether the commission’s chairman can be removed from his leadership position.

A member of the County Commission wants an attorney general’s opinion regarding whether the commission’s chairman can be removed from his leadership position.

Commissioner Bob Holland is not seeking to oust fellow Commissioner Louis Klemp from the commission. But Holland wants to know if a majority of the commission can vote to remove Klemp from the position of chairman.

During a meeting Tuesday, Holland made a motion to direct County Counselor David Van Parys to seek an opinion from the Kansas Attorney General’s Office on the issue.

The motion was approved with Holland and Commissioner Doug Smith voting in favor of it. Klemp voted against it.

Klemp was selected to serve as chairman in January. The term of chairman generally lasts for a year.

Before making his motion Tuesday, Holland read a statement in which he argued commission meetings have fallen into disarray during the last few months. He said meetings have included diatribes about subjects that were not on the agendas.

“This reflects horribly on this board,” Holland said.

Smith seconded Holland’s motion. Smith said he was seconding the motion for the purpose of discussion.

Smith asked Klemp if he had any objections to the motion.

“It’s there,” Klemp said. “It’s his motion.”

Later during the meeting, Klemp suggested he may be impeached.

“Isn’t that great at the local level?” he said.

It is unclear when commissioners may receive an opinion from the Attorney General’s Office. But as part of his motion, Holland requested to have an answer by next week.

The motion came a week after Klemp had a heated exchange with Leavenworth County Sheriff Andy Dedeke. The exchange came during a discussion about how the Sheriff’s Office spends budgeted funds.

Klemp has been serving on the commission since October. He was appointed to represent the commission’s 2nd District following the resignation of former Commissioner Clyde Graeber.

In November, voters will decide who will fill the 2nd District position for the remaining two years of the unexpired term. Klemp did not file as a candidate for the upcoming election.

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