New ordinance would require fingerprinting

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Those wanting to sell liquor inside city limits or to work with children in city-sponsored programs may soon have to submit to fingerprinting.

Concordia City Administrator Dale Klussman presented a draft ordinance on the matter to the Concordia Board of Aldermen at their regular meeting Monday.

The ordinance would require those affected to submit fingerprints taken by the Concordia Police Department to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The Missouri Highway Patrol's Criminal Justice Information Division would then compare the prints to those in its criminal file. The prints could also be sent to the FBI for comparison to federal records.

Klussman waill then review the findings to render a determination of fitness.

"This is a good opportunity to make sure predators are not working with our youth," he said.

In addition to volunteers and those seeking liquor licenses, the ordinance's provisions also include those seeking adult entertainment permits and trade or solicitor licenses.

Mayor Don Holtcamp said the new policy looked sound and should protect the city.

"It covers the bases," he said.

A first reading was approved 3-0. The bill will be brought up again at the board's Aug. 16 meeting.

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