Johnson County Charter Commission suspends hearing after large, maskless crowd exceeds safety limits

The 25-member Johnson County Charter Commission is an appointed body that reviews the county's charter, or constitution, every 10 years. A large crowd not abiding by masking or social distancing guidelines turned out for a commission hearing Monday, apparently angry over a suggestion made by a Johnson County commissioner not on the charter commission that the charter-reviewing body should consider making the sheriff an appointed office, rather than an elected one. File photo.

A public hearing for the group reviewing Johnson County’s charter was quickly adjourned Monday night minutes after roll call because the large and boisterous crowd in attendance would not wear face masks or abide by social distancing rules.

Charter Commission chair Greg Musil’s decision to end the meeting almost before it began was met with angry shouts and chants of “USA, USA!” after the vote to adjourn was taken.