Ouster proceedings were filed Thursday against the Prairie Village councilman who allowed his homeless friend to sleep over at City Hall in late October.
Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe filed the proceedings that allege violations of criminal trespass, theft and official misconduct against Councilman David Morrison.
“Mr. Morrison’s actions are a breach of his duties and responsibilities as a Prairie Village city councilman and should result in his forfeiture of office,” the district attorney said.
Howe said previously that he had known of no ouster proceedings in the past 20 years in the county and that the civil matter would probably be decided by a judge.
Morrison has said his actions were wrong and he is sorry. But the friend, whom he had known for almost 20 years when they worked as mortgage brokers, had fallen on hard times.
Morrison told The Star in an interview last week that he was answering to a higher calling when trying to help the troubled friend, who believed gangsters were after him. He also believed his friend had information about criminal cases that could help the police.
On Thursday, Morrison said the attempt to oust him from public office is politically motivated because he has taken strong stands in favor of neighborhoods.
“I am the swing vote on a couple crucial issues coming up before the council,” Morrison said Thursday. “I was the one who broke the stranglehold of the Prairie Village (council), in fact smashed it, and the last election brought in three more council members.”
The mayor and others said, though, that Morrison had overstepped his bounds as a councilman by giving his friend access to City Hall.
Howe’s petition says that Morrison’s friend was well known to police and that last year he had been living in halfway houses after being released from the Johnson County Jail for numerous petty crimes, including drug use, larceny, criminal use of a credit card and DUI.
He had been arrested in August when he was involved in a vehicle accident and was extremely paranoid, telling police the wreck happened because several people were chasing him, according to the petition. He was in possession of heroin, MDMA and another drug.
The friend contacted Morrison in October and stayed three nights at City Hall. He made 26 phone calls, some of them long distance, and usually left before morning, but he was spotted Halloween morning in the employee lounge.