Kansas City police commanders who charged pricey dinners to taxpayers, including two dinners last year at the Capital Grille that cost more than $1,000 combined, did not violate any department policies, reports the Kansas City Star. Outside consultants recently reached that conclusion after being hired by the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners to examine the credit card expenses. The commanders will not face discipline, police board president Pat McInerney said Thursday.
But he said the board “condemns the judgment exercised here because it is poor stewardship of public funds and because it violates the public trust.” The meals at the Capital Grille on the Country Club Plaza and other meals in Jefferson City in recent years related to lobbying efforts and included the purchase of alcohol, which the department's travel policy forbids. Department members, however, considered legislative work to be outside the travel policy, according to one consultant.