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Nolte Reads Prepared Statement About Administrator Contract Prior to Commission Meeting

At last Monday’s Clay County Commission meeting, Commissioner Nolte read prepared remarks about County Administrator Dean Brookshier’s new contract prior to the official start of the meeting. The Northland News reported on the contract a couple weeks ago. Brookshier pay increased significantly from $102,000 to $149,000 in addition to numerous …

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Motion Hearing in Smithville Lake Boat Slip Holder Lawsuit

Tomorrow at 9:00 AM, a motion hearing will be held in the lawsuit that was filed regarding the County’s actions earlier in the year when it suddenly begin evicting slip holders. The case was filed by Clay County resident Jacob Long and other slip holders. The slip holders allege that …

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Concerns about last minute agenda additions at Clay County Commission meeting

It took nearly 50 minutes to approve the Clay County Commission agenda at the March 13, 2017 meeting. Commissioner Nolte was frustrated that two items were presented for both addition to the agenda and immediate action the morning of the meeting. One item was the County’s insurance renewal and the …

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Musings: New contract for Clay County Administrator beyond outrageous

For the last year and a half I have been covering the continual conflict and disrespect of the citizens at the Clay County Courthouse. Yesterday I received an email from a source that contained the renewal contract of Clay County Administrator Dean Brookshier. For those that haven’t seen the news …

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Clay County Administrator Dean Brookshier Receives 44% Salary Increase

TheNorthlandNews.com was sent a copy of Clay County Administrator Dean Brookshier’s new contract and old contract from an anonymous source late today. Click HERE for the 2015 contract, click HERE for the 2017 contract. There is significant differences between the two contracts. The most obvious difference is the amount of …

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Musings: Targeted Commission Mailings Legal, Still Wasteful and Wrong

The decision in the Markenson lawsuit came down last week. You can read more about that by clicking HERE. I can’t say that I was surprised by it at all. It’s an uncomfortable position for any judge to be in the middle of. As with many things in our society, …

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Judgement in Markenson Lawsuit Against Clay County Commissioners

In April, TheNorthlandNews.com reported on a lawsuit that was filed by Clay County Resident Gary Markenson against Commissioners Owen and Ridgeway. The lawsuit alleged misuse of public funds for the mailers that were sent to targeted residents. The mailers also included free passes to Jesse James Farm and Museum. Late …

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Concerns About Sheriff Funding Discussed at County Commission Meeting

True-Up for 2017 Budget Requires Over $500K from County Rainy Day Fund to Be Shifted to Sheriff’s Office Budget Every calendar year the County Commission approves a budget ordinance that is called a “true-up”. The goal of the ordinance is to reconcile the projected budget versus the carryover amount from …

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Musings: Missouri Attorney General’s Office Asks For Response from Clay County Commission

I have received several questions about the legality of the Clay County Commission’s actions from the Commission meetings over the last month. As reported, the Commission has gone into unnoticed Executive Session in multiple meetings in the last month (you can read the news stories by clicking HERE, HERE, and …

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What did the latest Sunshine Request show?

Not much of anything other than the inability of the county to deliver the information in a timely fashion. As I told you recently I had filed another Sunshine Request with the County looking for something a tipster had said might be worth looking into. This individual had good reason …

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