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Alan Willoughby takes the oath of office July 9, after being appointed to a vacant Ward 2 seat on the Shawnee City Council.

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Open meetings decision sparks criticism of district attorney

Some say Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe went too far in announcing Mayor Jeff Meyers and members of the Shawnee City Council violated the spirit of the Kansas Open Meetings Act. Others said Howe’s long-awaited decision didn’t go nearly far enough.

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District attorney: Shawnee officials violated spirit of open meetings act

The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office ruled Wednesday that the spirit of the Kansas Open Meetings Act was violated by Mayor Jeff Meyers and most members of the Shawnee City Council last July and that the resulting appointment of Alan Willoughby to a vacant Ward 2 council seat was the result of “backroom deals.”

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DA’s office investigating alleged open meetings violation

The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office is investigating allegations that Shawnee Mayor Jeff Meyers and members of the City Council discussed city business in violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.

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Ward 2 councilman appointed after contentious meeting

Alan Willoughby was appointed to the Shawnee City Council on Monday, though most of the attention during a 90-minute selection meeting was focused on one of the other four applicants for the job.

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