A sadder display

Published: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 11:13 AM.

Two months ago it was stated in this space that the heated Oct. 25 meeting of the Board of County Commissioners was a sad display for local government.

Read through the investigative file pertaining to the alleged extortion by a local political action committee, the fuel for that Oct. 25 heated discussion, and the Oct. 25 meeting becomes even sadder.

During that meeting the public learned for the first time of a State Attorney investigation into allegations of extortion against Citizens Improving Gulf County.

Not from a commissioner or the county sheriff, but from a public citizen who talked of speaking with investigators on “three or four” occasions and pointedly questioned why several others in the community had failed to speak to investigators when asked.

Of those names mentioned at the podium by Christine McElroy only that of PAC president Jim Garth is mentioned by investigators in the file.

Apparently, even though investigators documented interviews with BOCC chair Bill Williams and county administrator Don Butler, no other document in that file indicates that investigators talked to anyone beyond themselves.

No written reports, no recordings, no notations; nothing.

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