City of Dickinson Partnering with Sister Agencies to Pursue Criminal Investigation Against Kevin and Tammy Edmonds
November 4, 2022 - The City of Dickinson, in coordination with sister agencies, is proceeding with a full criminal investigation into the actions of Kevin Edmonds, in his position on the City's Board of Adjustments, and Tammy Edmonds, in her position as Code Enforcement Officer for the City. The City will fully cooperate with the investigation as it progresses.
In the coming days, you will begin to see misinformation spread by a hired media consultant to intimidate the City into dropping the investigation. Who hired this consultant is unknown, but the claim will be that there was an illegal quorum when the City Manager, the City Attorney, the Private Investigator who is handling the case, and three council members met in advance of a public meeting to remove Kevin Edmonds from his position on the Board of Adjustments.
Public hearings of this nature require officials to follow a particular order and state things precisely. The meeting was held to allow the City Attorney to inform the investigator of what he could and could not say during the public hearing, what the Council could ask of him and ensure that the correct procedure was followed, and to ensure that any future criminal investigation would not be compromised.
The meeting did occur; those members were present. However, because the City of Dickinson has a seven-member board, it would require four council members to have been present in the room for them to have broken the Open Meetings Act. It is common for cities to assemble committees or work groups of council members that meet outside of public meetings. There is nothing illegal or unusual about having three members of a seven-member council meet.
Following Mr. Edmonds’ removal from the board, an employee alleged the abovementioned meeting was illegal. It was explained to this employee that the meeting was not illegal. In the weeks following, the City received several public information requests for security camera footage that would exonerate these council members of any wrongdoing. Unfortunately, the city was unable to produce the video as it is routinely copied over to preserve server space. However, it was discovered this week that an employee did, in fact, have a copy of the video, and this exonerating evidence was unlawfully withheld from the City.
The City is responding to this publicly, in advance of any information being released by the media consultant, to be transparent with our citizens and assure you that the city will continue to root out corruption and that these efforts to intimidate the City will not be successful.