Commission Receives Options from Legal Team


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — According to a release sent to KOLR10,  “Greene County commissioners unanimously voted on Dec. 29th to waive attorney-client privilege in order to release a report.”

The report referenced is one sent by the commission’s legal team Graves Garret LLC earlier this month. 

The firm offered suggestions to the commission regarding how elected officials should proceed after being accused of spending public money to advocate for a tax issue you may have seen on the November ballot. 

According to the law firm’s report, attorneys have over the past two weeks spoke with county employees, and gathered documents relating to the accusations. 

Now-after having studied their findings, they’ve presented two options: 

1. Allow State Auditor Nicole Galloway to investigate these allegations, which if done for free the report says could “would save the County substantial expense in legal fees to private law firms.”

2. Allow those private law firms to do the investigation instead.

For now, the commission has said it doesn’t know which of those options it will take. 

But in the meantime, it has requested additional information on the 12 whistleblowers that brought this matter to the state auditor’s attention. 

The commission plans to reconvene after that information is gathered. 

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