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Topeka OKs $33K settlement to officer, but doesn’t say why

May 26, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka police officer who filed a grievance over discipline he received has been granted a settlement of nearly $33,000 by the Topeka City Council.

But the Capital-Journal reports that officials won’t provide details about officer’s complaint or why the city was compelled to pay the settlement. The council voted 9-0 Tuesday to approve payment of the settlement to Officer Christopher Voelcker.

The newspaper filed a Kansas Open Records Act request to compel City Attorney Lisa Robertson to name Voelcker as the officer receiving the settlement. But Robertson’s office would not provide a copy of the grievance, saying that information fell under the umbrella of personnel records protected from release under the open records act.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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