Man stabbed near 7th and Minnesota

Kansas City, Kan., police have responded to a stabbing today at the bus stop at 7th and Minnesota in the downtown area.

According to a police spokesman, a man in his early 30s is suffering from a stab wound, and was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

A person of interest was taken into custody in relation to this incident, the police spokesman said.

The bus stop is located near the police headquarters in Kansas City, Kan.

The incident is under investigation by the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

KCKCC human resources director making plans for retirement

Cheryl Coleman
Cheryl Coleman

by Kelly Rogge

Cheryl Coleman might not have been at Kansas City Kansas Community College for a long time, but as she prepares for retirement, there is quite a bit she will miss about the community college.

“I will miss the staff and faculty here at the college,” said the human resources director at KCKCC. “I have learned a lot and enjoyed working with everyone.”

Coleman has been director of human resources at KCKCC, for the last five years. Prior to coming to college, she was the director of human resources for 18 years at Swope Parkway Health Center and spent three years at MAST Ambulance. She also worked for three years at KCATA and for five years as a civil rights investigator for the city of Kansas City, Mo.

“I am a baby boomer and just thought it was time to retire,” she said about her decision to retire. “I want to spend more time with my mother and do whatever I desire.”

Looking back on her time at KCKCC, Coleman said she is proud of the annual open enrollment sessions, starting formal new employee orientations and always being available for KCKCC employees whenever questions needed answered. She said she believes in learning, so she enjoyed learning something new every day no matter how big or small.

“What I hoped for was to do a good job every, single day,” she said. “I think I have learned something from every division and employee I have come in contact with.”

In retirement, Coleman said she plans to volunteer at her church, volunteer at a social agency and perhaps take an exercise or dance class – after she takes the first few weeks to sit and enjoy the free time. She said she is also thinking about possibly working full-time and of course, spending more time with her grandchildren.

“My hope for KCKCC is to see an increase in enrollment and for divisions, employees and management to work together more often,” she said. “I just want to see continued growth in the great programs at the college.”

Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor for Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Haley drafts bill to fill vacancies on governing bodies

State Sen. David Haley
State Sen. David Haley

by Mary Rupert
State Sen. David Haley, D-4th Dist., has drafted a bill that would offer some options to communities that have a vacancy on their governing board.

Sen. Haley said he plans to introduce the bill in the Kansas Legislature this year. The session begins in January.

He was motivated to draft the bill because of the 1st District, at large, seat on the Unified Government Commission that has gone unfilled for more than a year.

The commission could not reach six votes for the two finalist candidates, during several votes, and the seat has gone unfilled since then. At times the vote was 5-4 for a candidate, but six votes were needed to pass.

A lawsuit to force the UG to appoint someone to the seat was not successful. The UG charter did not give any specific instructions on what should be done if the commission could not reach six votes on any candidate, and it did not include any instructions for a special election.

UG officials now anticipate that the seat will be filled during the regular spring elections in 2015.

Sen. Haley said he expected that legislators would discuss the bill and offer their suggestions on it, so the final version may not be the same as the one he is introducing.

The draft of the bill stated, “Prolonged vacancies in the governing body of a municipality deprive citizens of their right to representation and act as impediments to the orderly function of government of municipalities.”

The proposed bill would require a vacancy on the governing board to be filled by an appointment within 30 days by a majority vote of the remaining members. If not, the governing body would pass a resolution calling for a special election to fill the vacancy within 45 days of the resolution.

Sen. Haley said he noticed that Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James said yesterday, on the same day as the announcement of a resignation by council member Michael Brooks, that the vacancy on its council would be filled quickly.

“I’m very excited about how quickly Kansas City, Mo., has moved to fill a vacancy. That’s the way real leadership works,” Sen. Haley said.

Sen. Haley said he also plans to introduce legislation this session on hate crimes and on body cameras.