Joplin City Attorney Brian Head authorized an investigator looking into allegations against two Joplin City Council members to expand his search to former City Manager Mark Rohr. That's according to a letter from investigator Tom Loraine, obtained by News Talk KZRG today through an open records request. Loraine also writes that Head assured him authorization for a higher bill than the contracted $45,000 "would not be a problem." Loraine also suggested firing Rohr without cause.
You can find the full letter here.
**UPDATE at 11:21AM**
Head has responded to News Talk KZRG's request for comment, saying those reports are in error and that what Loraine's letter says is different from what actually happened:
"What I said (in concern to expanding the investigation) was I could not make the determination, but that the contract gave him wide latitude. I did not specifically tell him to investigate, and I specifically did not tell him not to investigate. If I had done either of those things, I would be influencing the investigation, which I did not do."
On the subject of authorizing the additional costs: "In a letter on January 15th, Loraine suggested that we get additional authority (regarding the costs). I never received it. It came as an email, and was not found until the last billing was received, because it ended up in my trash in my email. I never said 'yes, you can go beyond your dollar figure.'"