County Commissioner Bruce Harris, who was scheduled to leave office next month after being defeated by Ed Myers in the August Republican primary election, has resigned effective Dec. 18, according to this story in The El Dorado Times. Commissioners also learned at Tuesday’s meeting that three employees had resigned from the County Clerk’s and Election Offices leaving no election staff remaining. Don Engels defeated incumbent County Clerk Ron Roberts in the August GOP primary.
Harris is apparently planning to leave Butler County before his term ends, but those non-elected employees who resigned from the clerk’s office might have had a better shot at collecting unemployment benefits had they hung around long enough to see whether Engels was going to keep them on. Click here for the Kansas statute regarding unemployment benefit eligibility. Elected county officials such as the clerk and sheriff generally have the power to hire and fire their employees at will without input from the county commission or administrator. Things that make you go hmm, as the song goes.