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Hammond's fate still up in air

by Alan McArthur
Landmark reporter

After an executive session on Tuesday night, the Parkville Board of Aldermen have not decided the fate of administrative assistant Deb Hammond. Hammond continues to remain on paid administrative leave pending further “fact finding.”

According to Kathy Dusenbery, Parkville mayor, the board did not make a decision during an executive session on Tuesday after the regular board meeting.

“The board is still doing some fact finding,” said Dusenbery.

Dusenbery said Hammond is still on paid administrative leave and there has not been another executive session scheduled to discuss the issue.

The city hired an Overland Park human resources consultant with FBD Consulting, Inc. to investigate allegations Hammond had falsified time sheets. The firm was hired on Tuesday, Jan. 15 by the city and has provided the results of their investigation to the city.

According to Dusenbery, the board did not discuss those results and said the city is no longer working with the firm. Dusenbery declined to elaborate on the results, citing the issue as a personnel matter.

Three weeks ago after the allegations surfaced, Hammond was contacted by phone and she stated she was “on vacation,” and would not comment further.

The exact number of hours and dollar amount being questioned has not become public knowledge.

Hammond has been seen recently at city hall with an attorney accompanying her.


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