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Council Renews Cauthen's Contract

By Sylvia Maria Gross


Kansas City, MO – The future of city manager Wayne Cauthen has been a question on the minds of Kansas City politicos since before the municipal elections at the beginning of the year. Cauthen was hired under former mayor Kay Barnes, and the two of them are often credited with, or blamed for, ushering in the re-development of downtown Kansas City. Since before the election, Mayor Mark Funkhouser tentatively said he planned to work with Cauthen, as long as he met performance standards established in a new contract. The mayor and the city council have been negotiating that contract since August.

But this past Monday, the mayor unexpectedly asked the city manager to resign, and informed the members of the council and the media that he planned not to renew the manager's contract. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross has more.

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