Sedgwick County Commissioners vote to censure Michael O'Donnell; calls for resignation

Rodney Price
October 28, 2020 - 11:41 am
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The Board of County Commissioners voted Wednesday to censure 2nd District Commissioner Michael O'Donnell and asked for his resignation.

O'Donnell, who is seeking a second term on Nov. 3, denies he was involved in a political attack ad against then-candidate Brandon Whipple in last year's Wichita mayoral race. O'Donnell, along with Wichita City Council member James Clendenin, State Rep. Michael Capps and Matthew Colborn was sued by Whipple for the attack ad. Colborn was dropped from the lawsuit after producing a secret audio recording of the group.

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O’Donnell admitted serious errors in judgement. "I deeply regret my actions. I would like to express my sincerest apologies to everyone that I've hurt through my stupid decisions," he said.  

Commissioner Lacey Cruse said during these times, the board has more important work to do.

Due to the ongoing lawsuit, O'Donnell abstained from the censure vote, which passed 4-0.

The vote comes less than 18 hours after the Wichita City Council passed a resolution censuring Clendenin, and also asked him to step down.

The Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office, the Wichita Police Department and the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the allegations against the group.

Hear this part of the meeting below.

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