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City releases full investigation report

by David Mink, JRBJ reporter

The city of Joplin has released the full investigatory report of Attorney Thomas Loraine.

The Joplin City Council voted April 3 to release the full report — including exhibits and transcripts of testimonies — from Loraine, who conducted the city investigation that ultimately resulted in the firing of former City Manager Mark Rohr.

The investigation was originally ordered to focus on Mayor Pro Tem Bill Scearce — involving his supposed interactions with a former tenant who was later convicted by the FBI of bookmaking — and Councilman Mike Woolston — involving his business interactions with Four State Homes and master developer Wallace Bajjali Development Partners LP.

During the course of the investigation, however, Loraine refocused his efforts on Rohr and his conduct in the city, according to the report, because “witnesses (who) also volunteered to be questioned” brought new information to light, according to the report.

All aspects of Loraine’s report regarding his investigation into Rohr were pulled from the original report before it was presented to media in February. After an open records lawsuit by the Joplin Globe — and following the April 3 City Council decision — the full report, including the omitted pages — has been released.

For the full report, click here.

For a secondary page linking to all the transcripts and documents included in the report, click here.

Look to future online and print publications by JRBJ for more extensive coverage of the report and its findings.

* This article was updated on April 7, 2014.

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