Why did Franklin County commissioners hire a Kansas City lawyer, at a cost of $6,000, to conduct an investigation of the Franklin County clerk? The county attorney is the responsible officer in such matters. She is the only county official who can bring changes and initiate ouster proceedings.

Did the commissioners notify the county attorney of their suspicions? It would seem the sheriff’s office could have conducted the necessary interviews to learn the facts of the matter at little extra cost to the county.

The commissioners are administrators and legislators, not investigators. If they suspect an elected official of misconduct, their responsibility is to notify the county attorney, not to hire an outside lawyer at public expense to conduct an investigation.

— Elbert Swank,