Law Board agrees to keep noon as a meeting start time

By Katherine Wartell

Members of the Riley County Law Board Monday discussed whether the meeting time for their monthly gathering should be pushed from noon to later in the day. Some board members argued that a later meeting hour would encourage more public attendance, although the board eventually voted to keep the meetings at noon, at least for the time being.

Board members John Matta and Wynn Butler said a 4:30 p.m. start would make it easier to get a quorum and an audience. Matta said he found the noon time cumbersome and added that it makes public attendance difficult because the meetings are in the middle of the work day and adjournment time is unpredictable.

Mayor Jim Sherow acted as the tie-breaker in 4-3 the vote. He settled on keeping the meeting at noon, with the caveat that the matter should be looked into with more depth. January’s law board meeting will be at noon as usual.  Loren Pepperd supported Matta and Butler, while Barry Wilkerson, Dave Lewis and Karen McCulloh supported staying with the status quo.

Director Brad Schoen also discussed the RCPD’s plan to convert a sworn CSI position into a civilian lab technician position. Det. Alan Riniker, who retires at the end of December, fulfilled the role while he was employed and Schoen said the job will stay more or less the same. But, he said, the RCPD will be able to pay a non-sworn employee a lower salary than a sworn officer.

Schoen suggested the role might go to Riniker.

At the meeting, Schoen also presented Diahann Frazier with a jail manager certification issued to her by the American Jail Association. She is one of only seven certified jail managers in Kansas, and just 339 in the U.S.

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