Ethics Complaint Filed Against Supervisors

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

A closed meeting of the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors came to light recently when a local resident discovered a taping of it on the county's website.

It showed the board illegally talking about public business. Now, we have the video in hand.

The Meridian Star has filed a complaint with the Mississippi Ethics Commission over this incident, but the consequences of breaking the open meetings law are only felt by taxpayers, as the county pays the maximum fine of $100.

The real question is, will local residents allow their business to be decided behind closed doors?

Supervisors have said the intent was never to deceive the public and that it was just a casual discussion.

But on the video, District 5 supervisor Ray Boswell clearly polls the other supervisors about whether they wanted county attorney, Rick Barry, to proceed with legislation concerning the garbage tax rate.

(Barry) "Is that what y'all want to do?"
(Boswell) "That's exactly what I want to do."
(Hitt) "I'm just not for that. That's just my opinion."
(Boswell) "Are you for it" (asked of Florey) "Yes."
(Boswell "Are you for it, Wayman?(asked of Newell) "Yes."
(Boswell) "Are you for it, Joe?" (asked of Norwood) "Verdict is still out. I want to see the numbers.
(Boswell) "Well, we've got three, so ask for it."

Several minutes into the conversation, you can hear Barry warn the supervisors that they shouldn't be discussing the garbage issue, but his comment was ignored and the conversation continued for several more minutes.

The entire discussion supervisors had about taxes during that executive session is available for viewing on our video player section of www.wtok.com.


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  • by Peabody Location: Zero on Oct 28, 2010 at 08:45 AM
    Mike:Why don't you pay the fine for them and not take it of my pocket? I think the Star and WTOK are taking up for the people while also making news for themselves. I agree that we need to vote the crooks out of office but when six months before election you can get your driveway paved or get your pond built and then who is going to complain? They spend our millions of dollars and should do their/our business in the open not in their closed meetings.Media people[who also live here]keep up the good work.
  • by Shelly Location: Georgia on Oct 28, 2010 at 08:34 AM
    Sadly, this is in all city,county & state gov'ts. It shouldn't happen period especially when reprimanded to do so. I hope for the sake of all you Meridianites that you stand firm and vote these folks out that you feel don't have your best interests at heart. Good Luck folks!
  • by Chuckles Location: Lauderdale County on Oct 27, 2010 at 09:49 AM
    Now that JRS is out of office and there is a reasonable mayor in office, I'll be glad to vote for someone who runs against Ray. As long as that person isn't wet behind the ears. Ray at least stood up against JRS when he tried to pull some of his shenanigans.
  • by Mike Location: Lauderdale on Oct 27, 2010 at 07:12 AM
    Lets move on. I agree that it was wrong for them to do it. Its done all the time, not just in Lauderdale County, but all over this state and nation. Just pay the fine and lets take care of business. It you are dissatisfied, vote them out of office. Easy as that.... Meridian Star, WTOK move on....
  • by Jennifer Location: Meridian on Oct 26, 2010 at 09:06 PM
    Lets just elect new supervisors and stop worrying about these people who clearly do not have our best interest at heart. I saw the video of Boswll on Youtube and was shocked that people just keep putting him back into office. Sometimes we need to change our representatives to change our community. Out with the old and in with the new. Lets vote for someone who will represent we the people. I think that these superviosrs should be fined 1000.00 not one hundred dollars. Lets stop being the butts of their jokes Meridian!! We deserve better!!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 26, 2010 at 07:17 PM
    Our little road is so bad. That when it comes a heavy rain you can hardly get in or out of it. We have all signed 3 diffrent pettions for the county to do something. And it mysteriously gets lost each time. And when we call to check on it. The last person who had it was Ray Boswell. Go figure!!! I guess he just expects all of us to help make his pay check and him go along for the free ride. Oh wait he's been doing that for years.
  • by concerned Location: lauderdale on Oct 26, 2010 at 03:39 PM
    I think that the supervisors do this kind of thing all the time they just got caught this time, all of them are lying overpayed crooks anyway,i used to work for the county and there is a lot of underhanded stuff that goes on like it depends on who you are u can get your driveway fixed and your hunting club roads covered with stone or even get coverts droped off at your house, i have seen it all happen and alot more it happens more in district 5 proply more than any other thats how little ray-ray gets reelecting him it is called special favors, with the supervisors,they do things that they won't to and forget the rest of the citizen or taxpayers of the county. i think they should be fined alot more than a 100 dollors it should be more like a 1000 or 2000 and they will think about it the next time.
  • by Seriously? Location: Collinsville on Oct 26, 2010 at 11:11 AM
    Everyone needs to take a look at the Ray Boswell video on youtube.com UNREAL! - make sure the kids aren't listening!!!
  • by Peabody Location: Zero on Oct 26, 2010 at 11:02 AM
    'Freddy Carmichael trying to get his political career jump started?'.Who cares what he does in the future he is exposing corrupt politicians today. Sounds like sour grapes by one of Bozos minions.
  • by will Location: lauderdale county on Oct 26, 2010 at 08:59 AM
    I think County supervisors and City Council should be consolidated and the Circus would be smaller and cost us tax payers alot less money......Vote them Out!!!
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