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    Kansas town council member resigns, keeps bigger role

    By Laura McMillan,


    GRAHAM COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) — A man elected to three roles in Graham County has to give up one of them. Jarrod Knoll has been serving as a Graham County commissioner, a Morland City Council member, and a Graham County USD 281 School Board member.

    Last November, Graham County Attorney Jill Elliott began trying to oust Knoll as a county commissioner. She said state statute does not allow anyone who holds a city office to be a county commissioner.

    She also said Knoll has not been living in the county commission district he was elected to represent. She says that is a violation of another state statute .

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    Knoll was temporarily suspended from serving as a county commissioner as the case worked through the court system.

    On Wednesday, Elliott said that her office and Knoll have “successfully resolved the ouster case.”

    She said Knoll has agreed to resign from the Morland City Council immediately and will begin living in the correct distinct. She also said he can resume his duties as a county commissioner.

    However, Knoll is also facing charges of unlawful distribution of cannabinoids and bribery . Elliott says that if Knoll is convicted or accepts a diversion to the criminal charges, he will resign his commission seat immediately.

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    KSN News has attempted to reach Knoll. We will update this story if he responds.

    We have also reached out to Morland city officials for their reaction to the new vacancy on the city council. The Morland City Code says the mayor, with input from the council, is responsible for appointing an elector to fill the vacancy.

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