Ousted Prairie Village city councilor David Morrison last week appeared in a Kansas Court of Appeals courtroom seeking to have his removal from the city’s governing body overturned.
Morrison was officially removed from the council in October 2013, approximately a year after the incident that led the city and then the Johnson County District Attorney’s office to seek his ouster. Morrison gave a homeless friend with a criminal record and a known drug problem access to city hall, where the man stayed the night over the course of a five-day period. City staff found the man, Kelley Malone, in a secure staff area the morning of October 31, 2012.
Morrison’s peers on the Prairie Village city council voted unanimously in November 2012 to have him removed from office, though he stayed on the council until Judge David Hauber issued his ruling on the matter this past fall, citing “breaktakingly bad judgment” and Morrison’s apparent intent to deceive a police dispatcher about Malone’s presence on the premises.
Morrison appealed Hauber’s ruling, and last Tuesday Morrison and his attorney Rex Sharp made their case to have Hauber’s ruling overturned.
“We hope his ouster will be reversed, and should get an opinion in about 90 days,” Sharp said in an email.
Prairie Village City Attorney Catherine Logan said that, should the three-judge panel overturn Hauber’s ruling, Morrison would be reseated on the council unless the Johnson County District Attorney received a stay of the reversal pending a request to rehear the case in full court or appeal to the Kansas Supreme Court. Should Morrison be reseated, his replacement, Courtney McFadden, who was appointed to the Ward 5 seat by Mayor Ron Shaffer in December 2013, would be required to step down.