Board of Supervisors Amends Meeting Minutes

There appears to be an end to to the controversy over the supposed resignation of Lauderdale County administrator Mike Sumrall.

It seemed the board of supervisors voted to accept his resignation Jan. 19. But the meeting minutes have been changed to reflect something else.

"A motion by Ray Boswell was not that we accept his resignation," said Boswell Monday, in regards to his comments during the January 19 supervisors meeting. I

t was during that meeting that Boswell says something crucial was left out of the minutes.

"I said, 'A motion by Ray Boswell, seconded by Wayman Newell, to not accept the resignation of county administrator Mike Sumrall'," said Boswell. "And it should've read, 'Should he resign, we wouldn't accept it'."

In that meeting that Sumrall responded to supervisor Joe Norwood during a heated exchange saying that if the supervisors wanted him to resign, he would. That's when a vote was taken.

All in favor of taking his resignation say 'aye.'

Supervisors Craig Hitt, Joe Norwood and Hank Florey voted in favor of accepting the resignation.

Now more than a month after the vote, District 1 Supervisor Hank Florey says he has changed his mind.

'I did vote for it," said Florey. "I understand. But in the future I'll have to look at it very closely."

Meanwhile, during the course of Monday's meeting, prior to approving the minutes from the January 19 meeting, the board did vote to amend those minutes. Only supervisors Norwood and Hitt voted against this.

"The motion passes three to two," said Newell.

"Simply cooking the books, " said Norwood.

With the motion to amend the minutes passed, and Sumrall never turning in an official letter of resignation, he will continue to serve as Lauderdale County administrator.

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  • by 3 Stooges Location: Meridian on Mar 5, 2010 at 12:41 PM
    Don't worry Ray. If "Curly" does indeed retire, maybe Joe can see if he could entice Larry or Moe to join your esteemed membership.
  • by A.G. on Mar 3, 2010 at 02:23 PM
    Ray Boswell should apologize to the Chancery Clerk for trying to make it appear that the wording to the minutes were changed. The Chancery Clerk is not accountable because you, Ray Boswell, miss-speak. Go back and watch the DVD of the meeting. Be a man and own up to your error. The Chancery Clerk and her office do an excellent job of recording meeting minutes.
  • by Judy Location: Meridian on Mar 3, 2010 at 01:38 PM
    The DVD doesn't lie. Watch it and you will see how Mr Newell called for the votes and what Boswell actually said.Shame on Boswell for making it sound like the Chancery Clerk's office changed the min.
  • by Marie on Mar 3, 2010 at 10:55 AM
    I didn't attend the meeting, but have seen the DVD of the meeting. Ray Boswell did not make a motion to not accept the resignation "should he resign" as he said on the newscast, that was never said. Ray needs to apologize for making it sound like the Chancery Clerk changed the wording when she did not. He should apoligize to the Chancery Clerk. Also Wayman did not word the motion correctly when he asked for the vote. The motion was to not accept the resignation. He asked for a vote to not accept the resignation and a vote to accept the resignation. There was never a motion to accept the resignation, so there should not have been a vote on that. The city attorney should have ocrrected this at that time. You have to listen to exactly what was said and not what you want to hear.
  • by community conscience Location: around on Mar 3, 2010 at 09:19 AM
    The fact is Mike spoke to Ray about the discrepency after Mike found it and before it was brought up in the BOS meeting by Ray as a tool to discredit Joe. Mike only pushed the issue after he gave fuel to Ray and Mike just verified what Ray said (which he got from Mike) Do you not see the problem here? Can you give Joe the benefit of the doubt? Maybe he really thought the charge was legitimate and didn't find out until he attended the BOS meeting and was confronted by Ray using information he got from the LC Admin before Joe was made privy to it. Open your eyes. If Joe tried to slip one in there and got caught--yes fry him. But that doesn't seem to be the case at this point. Either way the Admin should have confronted Joe before going to Ray. Agreed?
  • by iknowmike Location: meridian on Mar 2, 2010 at 01:52 PM
    Mike is ready to leave at any time and was up front about it the night of the meeting of the 19th. The next day 3 of the bos wanted him to stay and he never turned in a resignation letter. If 3 of them wanted him to leave he would turn it in today. I doubt he stays much longer and the board will be able to hire another at that point. Joe's purchases on the credit card were against the law and he was to pay them back. He failed to do so and Mike pushed the issue. 3 bos members voting to pay an illegal expenditure doesn't make it legal. The three that vote for it get to pay it back when the audit is done not just Joe that made the purchase.
  • by community conscience Location: around on Mar 2, 2010 at 12:36 PM
    "Norwood charge" was something that was paid for by the county and approved after the fact by the board. The problem is that Joe thought it was to be paid before but was informed that is was not allowed after Mike discussed this matter with Ray and Ray used it against Joe in a public meeting. Joe was upset that HIS credit card discrepencey was discussed with another Supervisor before it was brought directly to him first. This is shadely dealings to any fair-mined person. Joe said he was willing to pay for it if it was not approved. A lot of bad information on this site.
  • by Robert Location: Meridian on Mar 2, 2010 at 09:55 AM
    I am in agreement that if a person quits his job then that should be. He should be replaced. I also know this will not be posted. Business pratice, if you have a credit card, all purchase should be placed on the card and not vouchered.
  • by ROY Location: LAUDERDALE on Mar 2, 2010 at 08:48 AM
  • by Mmmmmm... Location: The Thinker on Mar 2, 2010 at 08:36 AM
    I agree with Mr. Joe Norwood saying the books were "cooked". This reminds me of when black voters had to guess how many bubbles are in a bar of soap to vote. We just make things up as we go along. But good ole Ray can go to strip clubs, call people the "n" word and change offical documents (watch it on You Tube). No one is perfect, but we MUST aim for perfection, morals and values.
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