Kansas City mayor threatens council members over leaks

8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago Sunday, August 06 2017 Aug 6, 2017 Sunday, August 06, 2017 12:31:23 PM CDT August 06, 2017 in News
Source: AP
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City's mayor has threatened to file ethics complaints against his city council colleagues if he learns they have revealed information from closed council meetings.

The Kansas City Star reports that Mayor Sly James made the threat during a closed session.

Council members say the threat is part of a culture of secrecy among city officials, particularly as it relates to the effort to build a new $1 billion terminal at the Kansas City International Airport.

Some council members say some of their closed-session discussions about the project don't qualify as exceptions to Missouri's public meetings law and should be discussed openly.

James said he warned the council that divulging confidential information would result in an ethics complaint, but he said he hasn't initiated an investigation into the leaks.

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