Last year, KCPD had a bit of a controversy after some of its commanders had three expensive work dinners. The police board chastised them ... which led one officer to suggest that somebody look into the police board's dining habits.
So I requested the cost of food eaten by the four board members, the mayor and board attorney during their monthly board meetings, and any board retreats. About 11 others, including police commanders and other staff, also attend. A police commander orders the food and pays for it.
They charged 14 meals last year, from places such as Garozzo’s, Fiorella’s Jack Stack and Hy-Vee, for an average of about $344 per meal. The department has charged nine meals so far this year that averaged $360 per meal.
On average, the meals cost about $21 per person. But the records also revealed two pricier meals catered by Pierpont’s restaurant in Union Station that totaled $1,307, or an average of more than $38 per person.