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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