Flags to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday in honor of Officer Mosher

Gov. Laura Kelly has ordered U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, May 13, until sunset throughout Kansas in honor of Overland Park Police Officer Mike Mosher.

“Officer Mosher tragically lost his life in the line of duty, while protecting his community,” Gov. Kelly said. “He was dedicated to service, and we owe him immeasurable gratitude for his career-long commitment to helping others.”

In accordance with Executive Order 20-30, the governor also ordered all flags at public institutions throughout Kansas to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, May 15, in observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day. President Donald J. Trump issued a proclamation on Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week 2020 that called for the lowering of the flag.

“This week, as we honor the loss of one fallen officer, we also must recognize the continued sacrifices all of our law enforcement officers make as they serve and protect,” Gov. Kelly said. “We are able to live freely because of the brave women and men who suit up every day to protect our communities.”

Flags to fly at half-staff in honor of slain Overland Park officer

Gov. Laura Kelly has ordered flags throughout Kansas to be flown at half-staff in honor of Officer Mike Mosher, an Overland Park police officer who was slain while on duty Sunday.

Officer Mosher was a 14-year veteran of the Overland Park Police Department, a field training officer and community policing officer. He was the president of the Overland Park Fraternal Order of Police.

According to Overland Park police, he was on his way to work Sunday when he went to a hit-and-run call near 123rd and Antioch. He was shot while at the scene. The suspect also was shot and died at the scene, according to police.

“I was deeply saddened to learn of Officer Mike Mosher’s death,” Gov. Kelly said. “When our officers sign up to protect and serve our communities, they are putting their lives on the line for us. The sacrifices he and his family have made will certainly not be forgotten. Officer Mosher was an outstanding officer, and I offer my sincere condolences to his family during this difficult time.”

The governor’s office will provide guidelines later on the dates that the flags will be flown at half-staff.

Gov. Kelly also has announced a new executive order, adding first responders who are killed in the line of duty to the list of those who will be officially recognized through a posthumous order. The new executive order, replacing one originally signed under another governor, adds members of law enforcement, fire and emergency response communities to the list.

The Overland Park Police Department will hold a “Salute to Blue” at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 10, lighting the city in blue. There will be a procession of police vehicles in Overland Park. Social distancing will be required for anyone viewing the procession from the procession route, https://dw.opkansas.org/public/FileCabinets/2fa13812-70a3-4126-848b-3a20df7175c3/Documents/10506/FileDownload?targetFileType=Auto&keepAnnotations=false.

A public visitation will be held while staying inside personal vehicles, from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, under the canopy of the 110th Street entrance to the Overland Park Convention Center, according to information from the Overland Park website, https://www.opkansas.org/events/visitation-for-officer-mike-mosher/.

A private funeral will take place Wednesday, May 13, for family and friends. The public may view the procession escort along College Boulevard and Metcalf Avenue, to the Johnson County Funeral Chapel and Memorial Gardens, according to the website.

The private graveside service, for family and friends only, will include bagpipes and drums from area law enforcement agencies, as well as bugles for taps from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department. The Kansas Highway Patrol will provide a 21-gun salute and a helicopter flyover. The Wichita Police Department will provide a riderless horse. There will be a cannon salute from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Memorial donations are being accepted at the Overland Park Police Officers Foundation website, https://oppof.org/.

Health care a deciding factor in Gov. Kelly’s Kansas Supreme Court pick

Gov. Laura Kelly appointed K.J. Wall to the state Supreme Court at a news conference on Wednesday. (Photo by Nomin Ujiyediin, Kansas News Service)

by Nomin Ujiyediin, Kansas News Service

Topeka, Kansas — Gov. Laura Kelly appointed lawyer Keynen “K.J.” Wall to the Kansas Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Wall will fill the seat of former Justice Lawton Nuss, who retired in December after more than nine years leading the court as chief justice. It’s Kelly’s second appointment to the state’s highest court since she took office.

Wall, a 49-year-old from Lawrence, was chosen because of his experience and demeanor, Kelly said.

“K.J. has seen the issues affecting our health care system and has appeared before courts across the state,” she said during a news conference.

Wall is a partner at the Forbes Law Group in Overland Park, and specializes in health care litigation — representing rural hospitals, community mental health centers and behavioral health providers.

The Lawrence resident grew up in Scott City in rural western Kansas, later graduating from Kansas State University in 1993 and the University of Kansas School of Law in 2001.

He clerked for U.S. District Court Judge John W. Lungstrum and worked as a lawyer in Colorado and Minnesota before serving as a Deputy General Counsel at the Kansas Supreme Court from 2013 to 2015.

Wall credited Nuss and Lungstrum with mentoring him throughout his career.

“I was always amazed at their dedication to deciding every case based on its merits, without consideration or influence from any outside factors,” he said. “I fully intend to do the same.”

Seventeen people applied for the vacant Supreme Court seat. The Supreme Court Nominating Commission submits three nominees to the governor, who then has 60 days to appoint one of the nominees.

After new justices’ first year in office, the public votes in the next general election on whether to keep them on the court. If justices are retained, they face public votes every six years.

Kelly’s other state Supreme Court appointment, Justice Evelyn Wilson, faced criticism from conservative lawmakers and lobbyist groups over her husband’s campaign contributions to abortion rights groups.

Nomin Ujiyediin reports on criminal justice and social welfare for KCUR and the Kansas News Service. You can follow her on Twitter @NominUJ.
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