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Junction City leader resigning Nov. 1

August 21, 2009

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Rod Barnes, city manager of Junction City, is resigning amid complaints about the city’s role in handling an anticipated housing boom that hasn’t materialized — a controversy that has led to a Lawrence builder and a former Junction City commissioner being indicted by federal prosecutors.

Barnes, the city’s top administrator for nearly a decade, delivered a letter of resignation Thursday to Mayor Terry Heldstab, who said that he would “reluctantly” accept. The resignation is effective Nov. 1.

Heldstab said Barnes had grown tired of enduring personal attacks regarding the city’s work involving housing developments in the city, which is near Fort Riley.

David Freeman, a Lawrence builder, already has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he conspired to commit bank fraud. He says he funneled $19,000 to Michael “Mick” Wunder, then a Junction City commissioner, to secure permission to build in town.

Wunder also faces federal charges in the case, and an investigation is ongoing.

Comments

CLARKKENT 5 years, 4 months ago

WOW, JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER AT JC. I STILL WONDER IF DF WILL BE THE ONLY AREA BUSINESS MAN TO BE INVOLVED IN THIS. BET NOT.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 2 months ago

Insider rumors are saying the $19,000 came from First Management.

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