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Posted on: October 1, 2020

Mayor Steven Ellis addresses community

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Fellow Residents,

As many of you know, earlier this year I asked the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office to investigate community-driven concerns regarding the selection process for a broadband provider for our city.  The District Attorney accepted our request and in March, assigned an investigator to determine whether any criminal violations occurred during the selection of ALLO communications.

After a review of documents, social media postings, and interviews with witnesses, the District Attorney’s Office “found no evidence substantiating any violations of ...  Bribery ... Conspiracy or any other violations of criminal statutes.”  The complete letter can be found on our City website:

I have maintained absolute confidence in the people who worked through the selection process and we are grateful to the District Attorney’s investigator for his thorough investigation.  Now that the investigation is complete, I am hopeful that this process has demonstrated the desire of the Governing Body and of City employees to maintain the level of professionalism, integrity, and transparency demanded by our residents.  

I am also hopeful that we can put the allegations behind us and rather than accuse, finger-point, and attack others online, that we can instead be there for each other.  Fellowship, and care and compassion for one another run deep in the roots of our community … let’s honor that rich history.  I remain grateful to be your mayor and I wish you the absolute best as we start the final quarter of the year. 

Steven M. Ellis

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