Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Mayor's office officing at Chez Funk

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 2:00 PM

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By DAVID MARTIN

This photo, taken Wednesday at around 10:30 a.m., confirms the rumors that Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser now conducts a significant amount of city business at home. Last month, the City Council passed an ordinance that more or less banished his wife and primary adviser, Gloria Squitiro, from City Hall.

The cars were photographed outside the mayor's Brookside home. They belong to Kendrick Blackwood, Funkhouser's chief of staff, and Joe Miller, his communications director.

"The mayor has always had meetings at his house since he was elected," Blackwood told me this afternoon. However, Blackwood also indicated that the mayor was working from home more now than he did in the past.

Blackwood repeated Funkhouser's assertion that the ordinance restricting family members from volunteering at City Hall would make it more difficult for the mayor to do his job. Asked how much more time the mayor is spending at home, Blackwood said, "I couldn't quantify it."

Blackwood confirmed that Wednesday-afternoon staff meetings now take place at Funkhouser's residence.

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