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Bellendir, Boeckman dispute highlights need for third party reporting

Monday following the Barton County Commission meeting, the below explanation was given on the dispute between Sheriff Brian Bellendir and County Attorney Richard Boeckman on the county’s Facebook page. It said:
“OTHER: Sheriff Brian Bellendir and Boeckman discussed executive session issues.”
Contrast this with the explanation that appeared in the Great Bend Tribune:
“An issue over a policy matter that erupted into a heated verbal exchange between Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir and County Administrator Richard Boeckman at the County Commission meeting Monday morning has been settled, both men said.
Despite the tension, the two sat down at lunch ...


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