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Posted on: September 1, 2018

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker's statement on judge's ruling on COMBAT

For Immediate Release

Sept. 1, 2018

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker released today the following statement after a Jackson County judge late Friday ruled in a civil action involving the Jackson County Legislature and the Jackson County Executive regarding oversight of COMBAT.

From Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker:

I am pleased with the Court's ruling, placing COMBAT back under the Jackson County Prosecutor. I will begin immediately to undertake the work necessary to restore trust in this important tax.

A lack of certainty in recent months has been difficult for COMBAT administration, grantees and the public. But we welcome this ruling and anticipate more productive times ahead in achieving a crucial COMBAT mission, -- building a safer Jackson County for every resident.

I will oversee this program in a straightforward and transparent manner. My office has already undertaken the process of retaining a thorough financial audit of COMBAT funds and I have also requested a performance audit by the State Auditor of Missouri. She has agreed to make such an audit a priority.

Finally, I will initiate immediately the process to begin a search for a new Executive Director. The position has been vacant for more than a year. We will soon announce a selection committee to review and interview candidates, the first step in this process.

A copy of ruling is attached. 

For more information, contact:

Michael Mansur

Director of Communication

Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office

Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor

Work   : (816) 881-3812

Mobile: (816) 674-3954

Ruling in COMBAT civil case
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