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Three board members – Drew Blessing, Dave Brandt and Gifford – sent an email saying they support Edwards’ tenure.

Blessing replied, “I fully agree with you and will support you in this decision. Hope the rest of the board will too.

Brandt wrote: “Glad to see this being done. I don’t know why we have to wait a week to do it.

Gifford said: “I agree with the letter.”

Two other board members – Steve Gaasch and Wendy Kreis – were not in favor of the mandate, but they supported Edwards’ authority to implement it.

Gaasch wrote three days later, on September 3, that he supported Edwards’ decision, but expressed reservations about the tenure.

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Kreis wrote: “I will support you. I may not agree with the decision, but it does not change my opinion of you as the district chief.

None of the emails posted by KPS included emails or replies from board member Alex Straatmann to Gifford or other board members.

Edwards limited his messages to Gifford, the chairman of the board. Edwards said he was unaware of communications between board members.

While board members backed Edwards’ authority and tenure on September 1, they did an about-face, and on Monday September 6, Labor Day weekend, the tenure took was suspended until the September 13 board meeting where the public could comment and the board could discuss the mandate publicly.

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