Archive for Wednesday, May 19, 2004

City attorney leaving post after 27 years

May 19, 2004

After 27 years of offering legal advice to Tonganoxie city officials, Mike Crow is calling it quits.

Crow said he's concerned about having sufficient time to devote to city matters. His law practice, based in Leavenworth, is growing and, in June, he will become president of the Kansas Bar Association.

At last week's city council meeting, Crow asked that he not be re-appointed.

"I think it's the right time," Crow said in an interview.

The city council has scheduled a special meeting for noon today to talk with Michael Kelly, a candidate to replace Crow. The discussion with Kelly, who has a law practice in downtown Tonganoxie, will take place in executive session. Mayor Dave Taylor isn't expected to appoint Crow's successor until the next regular city council meeting, scheduled for next Monday.

Although time has become a concern, Crow said he's enjoyed his years as city attorney.

"I've loved it," he said. "I've loved every minute of it. But it's time."

Crow joked that he's always been somewhat afraid of leaving the city attorney's post, noting that two former city attorneys have been murder victims.

Crow's predecessor, Chuck Thompson, was murdered Dec. 21, 1987, as he sat in his vehicle outside Jalisco's restaurant, 5000 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. He was shot several times, and his murder never has been solved. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information about the murder of Thompson, who was chairman of the Democratic central committee in Wyandotte County. According to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, officials believe Thompson's death was a murder for hire.

And while locals agree that another city attorney was murdered, the details on that one are a little murky.

It's believed that a city attorney in the late 1950s was shot and killed in a domestic dispute. It's possible, local historian John Lenahan said, the man's wife, who was with him at the time, had hired someone else to murder the man.

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