Shawnee Mayor Jeff Meyers was running late for a City Council meeting this week and he slid into the first available parking spot.
Except it was a handicapped parking spot and a former councilman took pictures of Meyers' illegally parked truck.
Former councilman Kevin Straub said Meyers has parked there before.
"I think he considers that his spot," said Straub, who shared his cellphone pictures with reporters.
Now with egg on his face, Meyers announced Thursday afternoon that he would donate $135 - the cost of a handicapped parking violation - to the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund.
In a statement, Meyers claimed that he knew "a full house was waiting on him because the parking lot was completely filled."
"The disabled spots were the only ones available and I made the decision that I would park there and accept whatever consequences occurred in order to get the meeting started. In retrospect, it probably wasn't the best decision. It won't happen again," Meyers said in his statement posted on the city's website.
Hogwash, according to Straub.
He said he entered the U-shaped parking lot just ahead of Meyers. Straub said Meyers failed to circle around the entire parking lot so it's impossible for him to know that all the parking spots were taken.
"If you don't go all the way around, you don't know if it's full or not," he said. "But he was running late and grabbed the first spot that was available."
The mayor also has access to any number of doors at City Hall and could have parked in the back of the building where ample spaces were available, Straub said.
After taking the pictures of the illegally parked truck, Straub said he asked the Shawnee police chief about it that night. He said the chief and his wife were astounded.
"He should know better," Straub quoted the police chief's wife as saying.
The chief didn't do anything that night, but Wednesday morning issued a written warning to Meyers.
When Meyers left the meeting a couple of hours later, Straub said he asked the mayor about him illegally parking. He said Meyers flippantly blew it off as necessary because he was running late and they couldn't start the meeting without him.
The mayor is only chagrined now and trying to make amends because of the adverse publicity, Straub said.
"I don't think he would have made (the donation) if he had not been caught. This is a way of getting out of trouble, a political move so he doesn't look bad," Straub said. "I don't think he will do it again (park illegally because of the publicity)."
Straub said City Hall insiders have told him that Meyers actually forgot that the meeting had been moved to Tuesday night because of the Veterans Day holiday. Straub said someone called Meyer to ask where he was and the mayor had to dash to City Hall.
Copyright 2012 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:01 AM EDT2013-05-21 06:01:07 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >
At least 51 have died in a storm the National Weather Service described as large and violent.More >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:21 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:21:47 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,More >
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.More >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. More >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:12 AM EDT2013-05-21 05:12:48 GMT
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Kansas City and counties to the south and east until 10 p.m. Monday. Sunday's tornadoes was one of several that touched down Sunday in the nation'sMore >
Authorities are assessing the damage after severe storms pummeled west-central Missouri near the towns of Warrensburg, Sedalia and Knob Noster.More >
Monday, May 20 2013 11:30 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:30:35 GMT
A possible explosive device was reported at a Kansas City charter school Monday afternoon.Police are on the scene at Benjamin Banneker Charter School at 64th Street and Rockhill Road. Someone spotted whatMore >
A possible explosive device was reported at a Kansas City charter school Monday afternoon.More >
Monday, May 20 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:15:08 GMT
Editor's note: Because of the danger she still faces, KCTV5 has concealed the identity of the woman at the center of this story. She has agreed to use the name "Sue". Online attacks launched to destroyMore >
Online attacks launched to destroy the reputations and lives of former boyfriends and girlfriends is happening more and more these days. KCTV5 examines the painful and sometimes frightening consequences of cyber revenge.More >
Sunday, May 19 2013 5:12 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:12:22 GMT
Passengers on a party bus ended up in the hospital early Sunday morning after a wreck. The crash happened about 3 a.m. on U.S. Highway 71 near Swope Parkway. An ambulance took several passengers to anMore >
A night out on the town ended with several people suffering minor injuries after a party bus crashed.More >
Experts say the officer who killed a Long Island college student and a home invasion suspect on Friday was confronted with a split-second choice.More >
As a grieving family prepared for the funeral of a Hofstra University junior killed by a police officer's bullet during a standoff with an armed intruder, some on Monday questioned whether police should have waited for...More >