Ousted Prairie Village Councilor David Morrison showed up at Monday night’s Prairie Village City Council meeting to protest the fact that he is not immediately being returned to his seat on the council. Morrison’s ouster by a Johnson County District Court was overturned earlier this month by the Kansas Court of Appeals.
Prairie Village City Attorney Catherine Logan, emphasizing that the city is not party to the case, said that although the court reversed the decision, the order does not become final for 30 days which gives the district attorney time to appeal the ruling to the state supreme court.
Calling himself the “rightfully elected representative of Ward 5,” Morrison said “it flies in the face of logic that I should not be re-instated on this council at this time.” Morrison pointed out that he was not allowed to retain his seat while his appeal of the district court ruling was in process. “The same standard should apply,” Morrison said, implying that he should be allowed to serve during any appeal of the latest ruling.
Both Logan and Morrison said that Morrison’s attorney has filed a motion essentially asking that the court allow Morrison to be seated by making the appeals court ruling final. No ruling has been made on that motion. Morrison said if he is not seated during a potential appeal of the the latest ruling by the appeals court, then the district attorney could essentially “run out the clock” on his term, which ends in the spring of 2016. An appeal to the state supreme court could take that long to be heard.
Morrison said he will be attending meetings and trying to keep current on city issues. He is especially interested in returning to the council in time to participate in a decision on any redevelopment plan for Meadowbrook Country Club. Keeping Meadowbrook as green space was the primary issue that propelled him onto the council in 2008 when he ran for the first time, he said.
Morrison’s ouster from the council came after an incident when he allowed a homeless friend to spend the night in city hall.