County Says Potential Rookstool Lawsuit Aims At Wrong Target

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A county official responded Monday to news former Shawnee County Treasurer Rita Cline Rookstool is working on a class action lawsuit against Shawnee County and current Treasurer Larry Wilson.

Rookstool told 13 News unwarranted delays and long lines that county motor vehicle office officials blame on the state's motor vehicle software change were actually caused by mismanagement of the changeover by Wilson and the county in general.

Wilson referred all comment on the pending action to County Counselor Rich Eckert. He told 13 News Monday that he has not seen anything filed yet. Regardless, he says the motor vehicle side of the treasurer's office is a state function so the county is the inappropriate entity against which to take action. In addition, Eckert says the county had no say in the system's purchase or its implementation.

Rookstool says she wants at least 150 county residents to sign on to the class action lawsuit. She had no timetable for filing the suit.


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