"I've made personal mistakes in the last few weeks" Councilman Campos Resigns

By: Nick Viviani
By: Nick Viviani

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Embattled Topeka City Councilman John Campos stepped down on Friday.

District Two Representative John Campos filed his resignation with the City Clerk's office at 4:55 p.m. Friday.

Campos thanked his fellow city council members along with Mayor Larry Wolgast for their support and put the blame only upon himself, saying, "I've made personal mistakes in the last few weeks. Those are my own and I'll own up to them. I do apologize to the citizens of Topeka for any embarrassment or any negative attention I brought to my city, and most importantly, I apologize to the residents and families of District Two."

"I would like to thank my colleagues for their fine words and wisdom over the last few months. It has been an honor to serve them and I have learned a lot over the 13 months that I have been councilman," said the 2nd Dist. Representative in news conference held on City Hall steps.

In his resignation letter, released by the city shortly after his announcement, Campos said his resignation was effective at 5:00 p.m. on Friday.

Earlier this week, Campos, who was facing two felony charges, entered into a diversion agreement. Under the deal, which was filed on Tuesday, prosecutors agreed to put the case on hold for 12 months.

Campos said his resignation was a part of the diversion agreement and a gentleman's agreement with Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor.

Campos was accused of making a false writing and interfering with the judicial process. The criminal complaint against him alleges he brought a falsified insurance card to the city's legal department after he was stopped for speeding a few days earlier.

During that 12 months his case is on hold, Campos must file monthly reports with the district attorney's office, not violate any laws, and pay fines and fees totaling $438.

He also agreed with the facts of the case, including that he did not have insurance on his vehicle when he was stopped. If he complies with the agreement, the case will be dismissed with prejudice.

Posted by: Justin Surrency, Nick Viviani


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