- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The former mayor of Lawrence used a government credit card for about $1,100 in personal expenses but repaid the city shortly before resigning this week.

Former Lawrence Mayor Jeremy Farmer reimbursed the city for items that included purchases at a sporting goods store and for airline tickets and other items after interim City Manager Diane Stoddard asked for an explanation of the charges, The Lawrence Journal-World reported (https://bit.ly/1JWY3MU ).

Farmer paid the city $1,148.85 on Tuesday, and also wrote a memo to city staff members and commissioners explaining that he used the city’s credit card to pay for some personal expenses because his personal credit cards had been “compromised.”

Farmer also said he thought this was acceptable because he had done so in the past under a different city manager.

“Since this time, Diane Stoddard has advised that this is not something that is acceptable per our travel policy, which I received a copy of just a few weeks ago,” Farmer wrote in the memo.

Farmer resigned as mayor Wednesday, two days after resigning from his job as executive director at a food pantry. He resigned Monday from Just Food, a nonprofit food pantry, after it was revealed that he had not paid about $50,000 in federal payroll taxes.

Just Food officials say there’s no indication money was misappropriated from the nonprofit group. Farmer says it was an oversight that the taxes weren’t paid.


Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, https://www.ljworld.com

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