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Why didn't Eudora check the background of its fire chief before he was hired?

Eudora City Administrator Mike Yanez said he couldn't remember whether there was a background check conducted on Fire Chief Spencer McCabe. McCabe was hired as the full-time chief more than a year ago by the City Council. He had already held the job on a part-time basis. The council did not recruit applicants for the fire chief's job, Yanez said.

McCabe was charged in late August in Johnson County District Court with felony criminal damage to property. His case is still pending.

The council has placed McCabe on administrative leave without pay until his case is resolved.

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