The Blue Springs City Council voted unanimously at a special meeting Wednesday night to appoint Jeremy Cover as interim city prosecutor, effective Oct. 11.
Cover works at Lauber Municipal Law, a firm in Lee’s Summit, where he practices in general municipal law, municipal prosecution, economic development and dangerous building and nuisance abatements. He also specializes in real estate transaction, litigation and regulatory and statutory compliance, including Missouri’s Sunshine Law. The hourly rate for the position is set at $195.
This appointment comes after the tabling of past interim prosecutor candidate Mike Spiegel’s contract, decided Monday night by a four-to-two vote. Spiegel is set to face a disciplinary hearing over an alleged inappropriate attorney-client relationship.
“The current charter does not require that he do this, but I’m glad he did,” Council Member Dale Carter said of Mayor Carson Ross’s decision to reconsider his appointment of Spiegel.
Ross said Cover serving as interim prosecutor “just made sense” after his close work with Lauber Municipal Law through the Missouri Municipal League.
“It’s a very clean law firm,” Ross said.
Council Member Chris Lievsay asked Cover if he is currently under any ethics investigations, to which he responded no.
Until Oct. 11, however, Spiegel will serve as interim prosecutor. He will be in the position for two court dockets, which he offered to do without pay. Nonetheless, the council assured Spiegel would be compensated for his time.
“[Spiegel] has been very cooperative in stepping forward to do this,” said Municipal Judge Don Lograsso.
On Monday, Lograsso urged the council to support Spiegel for the interim role, expressing concern that the lack of a prosecutor would lead to “criminals being set loose.”
Without the direction of a prosecutor, Lograsso affirmed that two people were released from jail Tuesday, one on a drug paraphernalia charge and one charged with stealing.
According to Lograsso, this practice stems from a state law and Supreme Court rule that municipal courts can’t hold someone in jail for 24 hours after their arrest without a charge signed by the prosecutor.
Spiegel declined request to comment on this story.