KC mayor threatens council members with ethics complaints for leaks

Kansas City Mayor Sly James last month threatened to file ethics complaints against his council colleagues if he learns they have revealed information from closed council meetings.

The threat itself came during a closed session.

Council members say the threat is one example in a pattern that illustrates a culture of secrecy at City Hall, particularly as it applies to the effort to build a new $1 billion terminal at Kansas City International Airport.

They point to the many closed-door discussions being held about the airport and raise concerns about being asked to sign nondisclosure agreements before viewing KCI proposals.

James said he warned the council that divulging confidential information would result in an ethics complaint, but he said he had not initiated an investigation into leaks.

Kansas City’s ethics code says it’s a violation to divulge information from closed sessions without authorization.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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