Prosecutor Announces ‘Ouster’ of Councilman Who Gave Security Code to Homeless Man
PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — The Johnson County District Attorney announced Thursday that his office filed ouster proceedings to remove a Prairie Village City Councilman from his position.
In November, the Prairie Village City Council voted to begin proceedings to remove Councilman Dave Morrison after he admittedly allowed a homeless man to sleep at City Hall.
On Thursday, Steve Howe, Johnson County District Attorney released a statement about Morrison’s actions and Howe’s decision to pursue the ouster:
“Our office has alleged violations of criminal statues including: criminal trespass, theft, and official misconduct along twith other facts to support this petition. Mr. Morrison’s actions are a breach of his duties and responsibilities as a Prairie Village City Councilman and should result in his forfeiture of office pursuant to K.S.A 60-1205,” the statement read.
Morrison admitted to giving 36-year-old Kelley Malone — a homeless man Morrison calls an old friend — his security access code so he could sleep at City Hall. Malone had just been released from jail.
Surveillance video first recorded Malone entering City Hall on Saturday, Oct. 27, escorted by Morrison. On Halloween morning, Prairie Village Police Chief Wes Jordan discovered Malone hiding in the men’s locker room.
When confronted Malone said he was recently released from the Johnson County jail and had been staying in halfway houses, according to the city attorney. Malone also said he was in fear for his life and had recently been shot at on two occasions. Malone has a history of methamphetamine, heroin and prescription drug abuse.
Morrison would not comment on camera but admitted to giving Malone his security access code. He apologized in a letter to his fellow council members, stating:
“I allowed a homeless individual to temporarily take shelter and sanctuary in the municipal building because, based upon his past statements and my personal knowledge of his past, I truly believe him to be in fear for his life. I thought at the time the safest place for him to be was in a secure building connected to the police station.”
Morrison said he did not open his own home to Malone because he lives with his mother who has a weakened immune system and was concerned for her health.
Morrison has been a councilman since 2008.
Watch FOX 4 Eric Burke’s November report on the Morrison controversy below: