Judge allows Basehor recall of mayor, council

A Leavenworth County judge says a recall election against Basehor Mayor Terry Hill and two city council members can proceed.

But Hill said Thursday that he will appeal the ruling to allow a Feb. 28 recall election against him and city council members Dennis Mertz and Iris Dysart.

Hill’s lawsuit alleges the grounds for recall were not sufficient to remove him from office.

Opponents alleged Hill misused a city credit card and didn’t preside at all meetings. They also questioned his efforts to give former City Administrator Mark Loughry health benefits and severance pay without city council approval.

Judge David King ruled the first two issues were invalid for the recall but the allegations involving Loughry were sufficient for an election.