McPherson’s interim city prosecutor was approved to take a permanent seat this week.
Former city prosecutor John Klenda left his position in the spring after his appointment to the Kansas 9th Judicial District. Since then, Brian Bina, an attorney from Klenda’s firm Karstetter and Klenda, has been serving as the interim city prosecutor.
City commissioners appointed Bina to the position of city prosecutor during a city commission meeting on Monday.
Bina is a Marion native and is a 2003 Marion High School graduate. He graduated from Emporia State University with a business accounting degree and a political science minor. He is also a graduate of the Washburn University School of Law, where he graduated with honors.
Commissioners signed the agreement and approved Bina’s hire unanimously. Bina will assume the role of city prosecutor on July 1.
Mayor Tom Brown said the Bina’s transition into the role should be seamless, and no negative feedback has been received since Bina began as interim city prosecutor.
Nick Gregory, city administrator, said Bina’s appointment ensures continuity within the role.
“I think he’ll be a strong addition to the city,” Gregory said.
In other business:
- Jeff Deal, fire chief, gave thanked First Street construction workers for their aid during a fire on Friday at Kids Come First, a daycare in the 900 block of East First.
Deal said workers did an excellent job of clearing rooms and escorting children out of the building. Steve Schmidt, interim public works director, also congratulated workers for their assistance, and he shared tweets from local residents that thanked workers for their assistance.
- Commissioners approved $2,775 to pay Keith Cantrell for his work on the All Schools Day documentary. The documentary covers the history of All Schools Day. DVDs of the documentary can be purchased at the McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau office.
- Commissioners approved joining into a Kansas Department of Transportation Federal Funds Exchange Program. The program allows federal funds to be exchanged with state funds at a 90 percent exchange rate, in order to fund projects otherwise prohibited by federal regulations.
- Mayor Tom Brown announced the retirement of Doctor Richard Ferree, who served as chief of medical staff at McPherson Hospital and as a member of the McPherson County Health Department. Brown thanked Ferree for more than 34 years of service to the McPherson community.