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Heated argument follows KCK mayor’s meeting about fire department audit

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

There was a heated argument on Thursday night after a meeting in KCK where Mayor Holland said a recent audit showed corruption within the fire department.

The firefighter’s union denied the claim.

The two men in the video are longtime KCK citizens.

They each care for the city, but couldn’t disagree more on an agreement between the fire department and the unified government.

Some call it a common practice. Others say it’s clear corruption.

Revered Jimmie Banks leads a congregation at Strangers Rest Baptist Church. He believes the Unified Government needs to change a controversial provision in the firefighter’s contract.

“If there is a challenge like this and issue like this, you certainly don’t sweep it under the rug,” he said.

The debatable report by the Unified Government of Wyandotte County shows 11 workers received more than $10,000 each for time not worked due to shift trading.

The audit also showed one firefighter was paid more than $64,000 last year and didn’t work at all.

Michael Quinn, a retired KCK firefighter on the other end of that heated argument, said the contract language to exchange shifts hasn’t changed in 40 years. He said he takes it personally that the mayor would say there’s corruption within the department.

“It’s crazy,” he said. “There is nobody doing anything wrong. We are following our contract. The mayor signed the contract.”

Meanwhile, incoming Mayor David Alvey, who had the support of the firefighter’s union, declined our request for an interview. He did send this statement on Thursday that read in part: “It is a gross misrepresentation to describe the practice of ‘shift trading’ as evidence of widespread corruption. The practice is revenue neutral to the taxpayers of KCK.” 

Mayor Holland is expected to give that report to the IRS.  

We reached out to several commissioners today and had not heard back at the time of publication.

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