Eudora City Council voted to remove Mayor Travis Collins’s authority over financial transactions during its meeting Monday, June 3 at 6 p.m.
Collins is accused by the state of theft of property and Political Practice Pledge falsification, both Class D felonies, in connection with the alleged theft of $1,036.50 of city money which he is said to have received from Livingston Pecan and Metal for the sale of scrap metal.
According to the attorney general’s office, there were two transactions involving the sale of scrap metal. The first, according to records, was on Jan. 7 and resulted in the sale amount of $1,451.60 that was turned into the water department clerk that day. The second was for the $1,036.50 which records indicate did not make it to the clerk for deposit until after Collins was questioned by investigators in March.
During Monday’s meeting, council approved Resolution No. 2019-02, “A Resolution removing all financial transactional powers from Mayor Travis Collins” and Ordinance 2019-03 which removed him as a signer of city checks.
The resolution stated, “The power to approve financial transactions and approve all time sheets for the city employees of the City of Eudora shall be vested in Alderman Charlene Taylor.”
Taylor and Alderman Faye Moye are now listed as signers for the city with Alderman Ezell Minniefield as an emergency signer.
Though an executive session was called, no business followed and the meeting was adjourned.