Kansas mayor faces recall vote in council dispute

Dennison, Kansas is in Jackson County

Dennison, Kansas is in Jackson County

DENISON, Kan. (AP) — A small-town Kansas mayor is under fire for a possible open meetings violation and not getting along with city council members, but she says the town of roughly 190 residents just doesn’t like change.

The Topeka Capital-Journal  reports a petition to recall Denison Mayor Audrey Oliverius needed only 12 signatures but got 29 to force an August vote.

The petition states Oliverius called an executive session on March 10 at the end of a regularly scheduled City Council meeting and emailed the city clerk nearly four weeks later telling her what to add to the March 10 minutes.

The petition says a vote was taken during that executive session to appoint someone to a vacant city council seat, which is not allowed under the state’s Open Meetings Act.