Hawkins County Commission Meeting 9-2-13
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Since: Sep 07
#1 Sep 20, 2013
The next meeting of the Hawkins County Commission has resolution 2013/09/04 slated to be brought before the County Commission.(above link – go to September 2013 Regular Session Resolutions)
My opinion…for what it is worth….:“This is the wrong procedure to take.”
If someone feels there is a conflict of interest…there is an approved policy (Ethics Policy of Hawkins County) that is to be used for something like this. Anyone can file. No one should be afraid of any retaliation, threats of loss of employment, rude comments, bullying tactics or any other recriminations for following approved county policy…..:)
Please encourage your commissioners to follow their own approved policy in this matter. If this resolution is passed, I believe it will set a precedent for potential personality conflict resolutions in the future.
#2 Sep 20, 2013
Hi Tim, OK, so some guy, who signed his name on the paperwork, filed a petition to remove another guy from his position running the solid waste department )this means the recycling and convenience centers I think) because he is also a commissioner and supposedly that is a conflict of interest - perhaps because he would be voting on issues that would affect his other job.
I have no idea from the context of your post if this is a good thing or a bad thing. The petition seems to be OK and the issue brought up worth discussing at least.
Is there a problem with something?
#3 Sep 21, 2013
Not putting words in Tim's mouth, but I believe what he's saying is removing Charlie Freeman from the position shouldn't take a resolution because there is already a procedure in place which should be used.
#4 Sep 22, 2013
OK, I see. Barrett is one of the District 2 Commissioners.
But Tim does say "anyone can file" under the Ethics Policy. File what though? Tell us, don't just be cryptic. Here is the current ethics policy.
Section 2 says if there is a conflict of interest on some matter for any official or employee in the county (this would include commission members), that is to be disclosed "before the vote" and "included in the minutes". In Section 3, for non-voting matters where their decisions conflict with a personal interest, they are required to file a disclosure form stating so with the county clerk.
Section 4 is interestingly written, in essence it says that it is OK to receive gifts and even cash as long as it is not meant to influence the performance or nonperformance of an act, vote or official action.
Section 5 deals with complaints. There is supposed to be a 5 person ethics committee that meets and accepts complaints. Who is on this committee? There is no information at all in the policy about how the public is supposed to file such a complaint, or when these ethics meetings take place or how often. How would a member of the public even know how to do this given there is no procedure, form or address listed? Given this I find Tim's suggestion that it should be left to some random member of the public to figure out rather astonishing. This ethics policy does cover complaints but only in a manner so superficial as to be absurd.
There's no rule that says commissioners can't deal with ethics problems through resolutions. This resolution seems reasonable to be considered. I find Tim's complaints here to be without merit, unless he has some more detailed explanation of his objection.
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