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City issues statement regarding comments made by County Commissioner Louis Klemp

Nov. 15, 2018 | Leavenworth City Commission

The Leavenworth City Commission is aware of recent comments made by Board of County Commissioners Chairman Louis Klemp. These comments have resulted in widespread negative attention and have harmed the overall perception of residents, businesses, cities, organizations and agencies in Leavenworth County.

The City Commission unequivocally denounces the use of “master race” or any other language that has historic ties to racism, division and bigotry in any setting at any time.

Further, the City Commission condemns the lack of decorum, professionalism and common decency shown to the woman presenting to the County Commission. Such behavior and treatment has no place in the Leavenworth community, is never justified and should never be allowed.

The City Commission believes in respect toward our citizens, contractors and others when they approach public officials during a government meeting. The City of Leavenworth strives continuously for unity in our community for all.

As a City government, we have no authority to remove Mr. Klemp from office, however, the City Commission believes it is in the best interest of the Leavenworth community for Mr. Klemp to apologize and resign immediately.