A Roeland Park proposal to hire Benedictine College for a branding project led to a defense of the selection by two of the committee members – Councilors Michael Rhoades and Ryan Kellerman – in response to questions from residents and other council members.
Rhoades took particular exception to a question asking for “full disclosure on conflict of interest – faith-based or otherwise.”
Rhoades said he had conferred with the professor leading the project and been assured “religion is not going to be in the imagery.”
“There is not a conflict of interest with anyone up here,” Rhoades said. “That is a litmus test for someone’s religion,” he said. “I’ve got a huge problem with that.”
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