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SE Kansas attorney and government worker submits resignation after DWI

An attorney and government worker in Southeast Kansas offers his resignation after being arrested for  DWI.  But some people throughout the area say his job should not be jeopardized.  

Attorney Kevin Cure began our interview today by saying no question was off limits.  He says this is the first time he's been arrested for a DWI.  He also says it'll be the last.

"There's a great degree of humiliation and shame over having done this," says Cure.

Cure is a general practice attorney, and was arrested in Joplin last Thursday morning for a DWI.  His blood alcohol content was 0.18.  Cure says he had six or seven beers.

"That day, I must say, I had a personal crisis.  That's for me to keep to myself.  But I started drinking, made a poor choice, ignore my social responsibility," says Cure.

But cure says he's not hiding from the consequences.  He also works as city attorney for Galena and legal counselor for the Cherokee County Commission.

"I felt I owed it to them that based upon my personal conduct, if they felt that I deserved to be removed from my position, that they could make that call without going through a hard process," says Cure.

Cure has unofficially submitted a verbal resignation by phone to both Galena and Cherokee County officials.  But many of those officials are hesitant to accept the resignation.  

"I'm trying not to be in the position that says, knee jerk, what you did is totally unacceptable and there's no forgiveness," says Chairperson Richard Hilderbrand of the Cherokee County Commission.

Opinions of Galena area residents are divided.

"With the position that he's in, I think that it would be wrong for him to advise the city on anything," says Cathy Simpson.

"People make mistakes, and there's a lot of people like him that we need," says Jennifer Brand.

Regardless of city or county officials' decisions, Cure says his mistake will not hinder his ability to work or level of performance.

"It was my fault, so I'll go in and respect my officers and continue to be fair minded in my prosecutions," says Cure.

Both Galena and Cherokee County officials say they'll discuss this issue further at their next council and commission meetings, and possibly make a decision over Cure's future employment.

Cure earns about $2,500 a month working for Galena, and about $2,200 working for Cherokee County.

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