The Johnson County Commissioners, at their last meeting, approved County Attorney Ken DeCock to hire an additional part-time attorney for his office.
DeCock approached the commissioners saying although his office has been busy with numerous criminal trials, he believes he and Deputy Attorney Ryan Wright can handle that workload. The problem has been that civil proceedings have suffered due to the high number of criminal cases.
He requested the commissioners approve an increase in his department's budget to accommodate the part-time civil attorney. Although the decision doesn't technically need to be made until budget time for next yer, DeCock requested the approval now so he can find a suitable employee now.
Commissioner John Gibbs Said he would like to see someone represent the commissioners in meetings and to be available to answer legal questions from the elected officials.
Gibbs said he did not feel the commissioners or other elected officials had received legal representation from DeCock's office, which DeCock disagreed with.
After further discussions the commissioners decided to allow the part-time attorney for DeCock's office on a trial basis to be reviewed at a later date. The vote on the motion was 2-1 with Commissioner Gibbs voting against the motion.