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According to a letter handed to me. The Clay County Commissioners are suing to try and stop the constitution that was drafted by the Clay County Constitution Commission.

The letter alleges five “serious issues:”

  • The Proposed Constitution would go into effect on November 6, 2013, the day after the November election, before absentee votes could be counted, and before the election results could be certified.
  • The new County Council under the Proposed Constitution would not exist until May 1, 2014.
  • The Proposed Constitution abolishes nearly all elected offices immediately upon passage.
  • Without a County Council or county commission, Clay County will be unable to pay salaries or fulfill other financial obligations such as health insurance, retirement and utility bills.
  • Voter-approved funding for fundamental county services such as Sheltered Workshops, Tri-County Mental Health and the Senior Services Board will be eliminated.

The letter goes on to allege that employees will be involuntarily suspended for six months.

According to the letter the Commissioners have hired attorneys Edward “Chip” Robertson and Jeremy Root. It also states that the commission has hired both a Democrat and Republican attorney because “the issue we are facing is far too important to politicize.”

You can read the full legal petition by clicking here.


I was recently contacted by and sat down with Clay County Sheriff Paul Vescovo. He shared with me some concerns about actions taken by the Clay County Commission.

On February 4, 2013 the Clay County Commission passed Resolution 2013-52 “establishing” the Clay County, MO Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Legally, the commission has not done anything wrong. As with any decision made by representatives, there is also a question of whether or not a decision is correct and appropriate for the citizens that these individuals represent.

Up until this point, the OEM has been under the responsibility of the Sheriff’s office. Former Clay County Sheriff, and Mason/Hurlbert crony, Bob Boydston had relocated the OEM within the Detention Center Building. Sherriff Vescovo’s concern is that Resolution 2013-52 has established the Emergency Operations Center in the same area as the “Clay County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Training Center.” The training center itself was built with funding from the Law Enforcement Sales Tax. Sheriff Vescovo sees this move by the Commission as a usurpation of his authority. In a letter issued to all the commissioners and provided to me, he stated that any persons improperly accessing the Law Enforcement Training Center without his permission is liable to arrest and prosecution.

While the above worries me, I have some other concerns. Why do we need to move the Office of Emergency Management away from the Sheriff’s office in the first place? Is it just me, or does the idea that in an actual emergency it would be good to have the Office of Emergency Management under the control of the Sheriff’s office appeal to you? Platte County has their OEM under the Platte County Sheriff’s Deparment. Does the Clay County Commission actually think that a sheriff who helped set up police forces in Afghanistan is really that unqualified to deal with emergencies?

This reeks of typical Mason behavior. You see, Mason and Hurlbert have an axe to grind against Sheriff Vescovo because he does not drink their Kool-Aid. Mason, aided by Commissioner Ridgeway and Commissioner Owen will probably do everything she can to rub what little power she has in Sheriff Vescovo’s face.