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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