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November 2, 2012

Kiowa re-appoints trustee who lost his seat after he failed to attend state class

McALESTER —  

The Kiowa Board of Trustees voted to reinstate a member who lost his seat in September for failing to attend a state mandated course, according to JoMae Peck, city clerk. 
The Kiowa Board of Trustees met Monday for thier regular meeting.
“It was unanimous,” Peck said of the vote to re-appoint Ray Goss to the his seat overseeing ward 5 for the Town of Kiowa.
The move to re-appoint Goss “makes a mockery” of state law, according to Joey Senat, Ph.D. and Associate Professor at the OSU School of Media and Strategic Communications.
“This board is making a mockery of the requirement. (Goss) did not live up to his obligations as a board of trustee member and he should not have been re-appointed.”
“It’s astonishing,” Senat said. “The law is pretty clear,” he said.
He said because Goss did not fulfill his obligations, the citizens should have the right to be able to vote to re-elect him.
Goss was officially removed from his seat at the September board of trustee meeting after serving five months past the date he should have been removed according to state law. Because he was removed past the date he should have been any decisions he may have voted on will have to revaluated, according to attorney John Thomas.
“We will have to re-look at every decision he voted on since April,” Thomas said.
During last months board meeting, Kiowa Mayor Janelle Beaver said Ray Goss lost his seat in April when he didn’t take the required course within one year of his election in April of 2011.
She also asked the town’s attorney about the possibility of re-appointing Goss after he took the class.
Attorney John Thomas told the mayor and the trustees that the purpose of the law is not to find a way around it, it’s to cause municipal officials to be responsible for their position. 

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