Deadline to resign passes quietly for Wyandotte County Commissioner Tarence Maddox

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The deadline for a Wyandotte County politician to voluntarily resign passed quietly on Tuesday.

The Unified Government Ethics Commission dealt Commissioner Tarence Maddox an unprecedented second public censure in March, along with a request to step down by April 1.

The controversy erupted in the wake of a 41 Action News investigation , which uncovered surveillance video of Maddox flaunting his title and making threatening comments at a Kansas City, Kan. gas station.

On Tuesday, 41 Action News was unable to reach Maddox for comment. Legislative Auditor Thomas Wiss, who issued the public censure, also said he had not heard from the elected leader.

However, a video posted on Facebook over the weekend seemed to indicate the commissioner has no plans of throwing in the towel. In the video, Maddox touts scoring funding for summer youth programs and tells supporters he will “see them in 2015.”

It has been a tumultuous year for Maddox, elected to the fourth district in 2011.

Last summer, he gained notoriety for throwing a temper tantrum at Legoland . 41 Action News later uncovered other ethics violations , which lead to his first public censure (the first for any UG public official).

The Ethics Commission does not have the authority to force a resignation. However, last month’s public censure also requested a formal investigation from Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman, who could remove Maddox from office through ouster proceedings.

Gorman told 41 Action News his office’s investigation is ongoing.

Ryan Kath can be reached at ryan.kath@kshb.com. You can also follow him on Twitter or connect on Facebook.

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