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Are you satisfied with the way City Attorney, Brian Head has handled the investigation that led to Mark Rohr's firing?

Jack Golden
Mr. Tom Loraine, Special Investigator handled the investigation. City Attorney Brian Head provided limited technical assistance. The Investigator's Report was accepted by 7 of 9 Council members. Mr Rohr was terminated “without cause' by a majority of the City council.”

City Attorney, Brian Head provided 12 years of excellent legal services and support to the City operations and its citizens. His review of many contracts and other legal documents helped maintain a professional relationship between The Joplin Redevelopment Corporation, Wallace Baljalli and other developers. He also works to maintain the financial integrity of the City of Joplin.

Harvey Hutchinson
Since I do not have access to the documents and the sealed nine pages; at this point I do not have enough facts to determine if the City Attorney has handled it well or not. The investigation was initiated by the present City Council (time for a change) and three items were in the initial charge:
(a) Council Scearce’s 1999 real estate client,
(b) Councilman Woolston’s involvement and estate arrangements with the present rebuilding efforts.
(c) The former City Manager’s sticky note.

The logical contact point for the investigator was the City Attorney; and apparently he felt legal justification to allow the investigator to conduct the investigation unfettered.

From the amount of documentation available so far the investigation was accomplished to some degree, but the investigator did not conduct a complete forensic, performance review utilizing subpoena powers.

Miranda Lewis
Based on City Ordinance No. 2013-259, I do not see any indication of the city attorney having been given authority to authorize the investigator to expand the scope of his investigation. However, the investigator’s letter to Mr. Head – dated February 20, 2014 – indicated that Mr. Head gave the investigator “full discretion to decide to expand the investigation…” If that is the case, I feel like Mr. Head was out of line, as the ordinance did not allow him that authority. However, I have not found any clear evidence that Mr. Head did indeed give that authorization. What is clear is that council approval was required in the event the investigation’s cost exceeded the agreed upon amount. The investigator agreed to and ignored these terms by seeking approval from Mr. Head and not the council. I, like many other citizens, have lingering questions about this issue and would like more answers.

Trisha Raney
The City Attorney was following Council directions in hiring an investigator. In our discussions, it was stated that in addition to investigating Mr. Woolston and Mr. Scearce, we should let the investigation go wherever it leads. No council members objected to that at the time.

Mike Seibert
No. In hindsight, the Council should have been the contact for the investigator. When the investigator wanted to follow up on questions regarding the City Manager, that is not latitude, that is a different direction in the investigation that should have been approved by a Council vote.The same can be applied to the overpayment of the original contract, Council should have been asked to vote on exceeding the amount of the original contract amount.

Gary Shaw
Like many in our city, I have had questions and I am seeking answers to why and how the investigation took the direction that was taken. As far as my satisfaction with Mr. Head and his involvement with the investigation, since he is a council employee and I am a council member I am not permitted to comment on any personnel issues.

Ryan Stanley
Brian Head is a skilled and capable City Attorney. I believe he represents the City well in most instances. But, I have concerns regarding his actions during the investigation. If I were on City Council now, we would have a serious conversation regarding Mr. Head's job performance. Releasing him from his position would be my last resort, but Mr. Head must be held accountable. He must serve all nine council members evenly and not display any degree of favoritism. The contract written to hire Mr. Loraine was blessed by Mr. Head; the criteria required to increase the approved amount was specific and understandable. When Mr. Head knew the amount was going to exceed the allotted budget, why did he not present the increase to council for approval? In this specific case, I believe that Brian Head's actions did not live up to his capability; there were flaws in his judgment .

Jim West
Without being on the City Council, and knowing all the faxs myself, other then reading about them in the paper, and hearing them on the TV news, I really can't give a fair answer to this question myself. However, having said that, I believe it is time for the City and Citizens of Joplin to move on, Mr Rohr has found a new job that he well start on the last of this month,it time to put these issues behinds us.

Mike Woolston
From this experience, I’ve learned that council should not have inserted a communication link between the council and the investigator, in this instance, that being the city attorney. Council should have required the investigator to report directly to council and thus we would have eliminated most communication issues.

Secondly, council should have more precisely defined the work to be performed. The scope of the work should have confined the investigation to look at council member behavior only. Had we done so, I believe the outcome and cost would have been significantly different.

Finally, the city attorney’s management of the investigation has been the subject of much speculation in the community. However, I have not seen any conclusive evidence that he has done anything inappropriate and without such concrete evidence, I have no valid proof of any wrongdoing on his part.

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