KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ending a months-long legal battle, the Clay County Commission unanimously agreed to provide funds to the Clay County Sheriff’s Department.
A judge ordered the commission to transfer nearly $1 million to the sheriff’s department in August to make up for “arbitrary, capricious or in bad faith” manipulation of the sheriff's office budget by county staffers.
That didn’t end the in-fighting, but the $1.2 million transfer approved Monday night at the commission meeting will allow the sheriff’s office to pay for contracted services for which the county is legally required to honor payment.
“We have enough in this year’s budget to get through 2020 without any perceived issues, however our overall budget was cut,” Clay County Sheriff’s Deputy and spokesman Jon Bazzano said.