OUR OPINION, L&T staff
At Tuesday’s Liberal City Commission meeting, there was an open discussion about the contract for Interim City Manager Calvin Burke.
Before the meeting took place, the contrct was included in the information packet about the meeting, available to anyone who wanted to see it.
The commisioners also had ample time to review the contract prior to the meeting, unlike the 20 minutes the prior commission spent in approving one of the most lucrative severance packages in Kansas history for a city manager.
The contract for Burke was not weighed down with excessive benefits should the city commission decide to head in a different direction, and it only lasts until July. After that, it becomes a month-to-month contract.
This contract speaks volumes for the character of Burke. He put service above self by forgoing lucrative benefits and chose to accept the contract and move the community forward.
And the Commission didn’t hide behind the executive session privilege, even though they could have kept the discussion private. They chose to have the discussion in public before taking the vote to approve the contract, and that says something about their character as well.
It is our hope that the open process continues so trust in local government can be restored.