The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s decision in a lawsuit involving members of the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission, the Green Hills Rural Development, Inc. and the City of Chillicothe. The case was dismissed in 2011 for “lack of jurisdiction,” because the complaint or “cause of action” filed by the petitioner, Michael Johns, was not exempt from the statute of limitations, according to court documents.
The Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s ruling last Tuesday (Oct. 2). Johns, a former executive director of the Regional Planning Commission, alleged taxpayer fraud and civil conspiracy related to the sale of a railroad from the rural development agency to the city.
In addition to the Green Hills Rural Development, Inc. and the City of Chillicothe, Jacqueline Soptic, Elaine Loghry, and Jerry Ann Robbins were named in the lawsuit.