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and Tracy Pen­nartz wanted the item to re­main on the agenda.

Tues­day’s meet­ing is sched­uled for 6 p.m. at the Fort Smith Pub­lic Schools Ser­vice Cen­ter at 3205 Jenny Lind Road.

Lau re­quested at the June 27 meet­ing the item be on Tues­day’s agenda. He said he wanted to dis­cuss whether it

was a con­flict of in­ter­est for Sex­ton to re­main on the com­mis­sion when his law part­ner Joey McCutchen is su­ing the city.

McCutchen is rep­re­sent­ing Bruce Wade in a Se­bas­tian County Cir­cuit Court law­suit charg­ing di­rec­tors vi­o­lated the Arkansas Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act by cir­cu­lat­ing email among them­selves call­ing for the dis­so­lu­tion of the com­mis­sion be­cause it failed to act on a re­quest from Po­lice Chief Nathaniel Clark to change the com­mis­sion rules to al­low people from out­side the depart­ment to ap­ply for su­per­vi­sory po­si­tions on the force.

Sex­ton has said he didn’t be­lieve there was a con­flict of in­ter­est to jus­tify his re­moval, and the di­rec­tors wouldn’t muster the five votes to re­move him.

He also said he wasn’t McCutchen’s law part­ner but they shared of­fices as a cost-sav­ing mea­sure.

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