David Morrison tells Prairie Village he will appeal judge’s ouster decision, seek reinstatement on council

David Morrison watched the proceedings of Monday's Prairie Village City Council meeting from the public seats — not from behind the City Council dais.
David Morrison watched the proceedings of Monday’s Prairie Village City Council meeting from the public seats — not from behind the City Council dais.

Consider the newest chapter in the epic saga of David Morrison officially open.

Morrison used the public comment section of Monday’s Prairie Village City Council meeting to tell his former Council colleagues that he would be appealing Judge David Hauber’s decision to confirm his ouster from office. The issue went before Hauber and a non-binding jury in early October following the Prairie Village City Council’s vote to seek his removal from office for letting a drug-addicted friend who was living on the streets stay unattended for several nights. Hauber issued his decision in the case Oct. 18.

“I do not voluntarily accept the ouster decision against me,” Morrison said from behind the public lectern, facing the dais behind which he used to sit as a councilor — his nameplate noticeably absent. “The notice of appeal was filed today with the court. I want to continue to represent the people of my ward as I was elected to do.”

The announcement was news to Prairie Village officials, who said they were not aware that Morrison’s appeal had been filed, and that they would be looking into what impact, if any, the appeal would have on the process of nominating and confirming a replacement to fill the rest of Morrison’s term.

Morrison said after the meeting that he felt the move to oust him from his City Council seat was excessive.

“No criminal laws were broken,” he said. “The only thing that I violated was the city code of ethics. I was wrong. I apologized. It should have been over. It should never have risen to the level of ouster.”

Morrison’s attorney for his appeal is Rex Sharp of Gunderson Sharp, LLP.