By Associated Press - Friday, June 8, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority has released documents pertaining to a legal settlement the agency had previously argued were not public information.

The ATA contended it was not subject to open records laws in Missouri or Kansas. But it reversed that policy Wednesday, after some Johnson County, Kansas, officials threatened to end the county’s contract with the authority for bus services.

The Kansas City Star sought records after the ATA’s former human resources officer, Jimmy Fight, sued in 2016 claiming he was fired for pressuring the transportation authority to investigate theft by employees. The documents show Fight was paid a $90,000 settlement and his attorney received $45,000.

Fight’s lawsuit didn’t detail the scope of the theft problem within the agency.

Three people left the agency after the theft was investigated. No one was charged.


Information from: The Kansas City Star,

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