Supervisors Respond to Allegation of Law Violation

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

You may remember Newscenter 11 reported Monday night that a citizen accused supervisors of illegally discussing public matters during a closed executive session.

The session had apparently accidentally been captured on tape and posted to the county's website.

Supervisors gave their side of the story Thursday. They don't deny it happened, but they say the way the conversation started was innocent.

They all seem to say that there was a lull in the executive session which was announced to be only about personnel matters.

That's when several of the supervisors say the discussion turned casual. They say the intent wasn't to hide the discussion from the public.

"Mr. Barry was leaving. He had to go somewhere and another attorney was taking his place. And at that time, I remember one of the supervisors saying 'don't forget to have that on the agenda for Monday talking about millage going to the legislature'," said District 2 supervisor Wayman Newell.

"It did happen," said District 3 supervisor Craig Hitt. "We were in executive session, going in dealing with a personnel matter. We had talked to two individuals and we were waiting for a third to come in. And I think there were 4 or 5 minutes between and there was other discussion."

"There was nothing derogatory there to any individual or illegal or anything of that nature, as we saw it," said District 1 supervisor Hank Florey. "It was a casual conversation like at the water cooler or break room or whatever."

"I personally do not remember or recall having that conversation, but I was told there was a brief discussion about millage," said District 4 supervisor Joe Norwood.

By phone, District 5 supervisor Ray Boswell told Newscenter 11 that doesn't recall the conversation, but he isn't saying it didn't happen.


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  • by Loretta Location: Hickory on Oct 22, 2010 at 04:20 PM
    When you have one bad apple it ruins the whole bunch
  • by w Location: Lauderdale on Oct 22, 2010 at 08:51 AM
    Can we get the state involved in this? Seems to me that *slapping* there hands isn't doing any good.?
  • by Jackie on Oct 22, 2010 at 07:58 AM
    That just shows you that we all make mistakes no one is perfect. We all just need to remember that we are in this thing together and stop trying to find fault against one another. Supervisors are always laying the blame on someone else now it is their turn. That's all.
  • by in with the new/out with old on Oct 22, 2010 at 05:23 AM
    Im sure their is someone out there who can take each of these supervisor places.Ray and Hitt are the biggest ones that needs to be removed .yes ,they all neeed to go ,if you noticed not one of them denined it just twisted it ,while a couple practiced the clinton way of protection .
  • by Malcom Location: Marion on Oct 21, 2010 at 09:25 PM
    They have made a lie of us all
  • by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2010 at 08:32 PM
    To quote Judge Judy "Liar, Liar, pants on fire."
  • by Linda Location: Enterprise on Oct 21, 2010 at 06:10 PM
    My name is Linda i think all of yuor Supervisors should get together and talk about what is going on in meridian your should think about the people that live there and you should think about what the people want there is a lot of work that need to be done so while y;all talking about spending money unnecessary things that need to be done like people need jobs people need homes to live in and all about this killing that's going on in Meridian when i was living in meridian none of this was going on but since i left meridian it just been a lot of killing going on so you should think about that while you're arduing among each other
  • by Raymond Location: Downtown Lauderdale on Oct 21, 2010 at 06:00 PM
    I understand most of this..know about some of it...and it should stop...makes folks think bad thoughts because they think they should....but....I will never believe the camera was left on "accidently"....smells to me...
  • by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2010 at 05:52 PM
    What do you think we're STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOUR FIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Steve on Oct 21, 2010 at 05:09 PM
    Oh, ok... That makes everything better. It was just an innocent mistake. Yeah right!
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