BOCC, commissioners sued in federal court

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 10:03 AM.

The first meeting was on April 24, 2012 when McElroy spoke during the “Public Discussion” portion of the BOCC meeting. McElroy, the complaint alleges, was “invited and choreographed” to speak to the BOCC about Garth and the PAC.

At that meeting, McElroy alleged that during a meeting with Garth and two other PAC members she was asked to assist in digging up information that could be embarrassing to members of the BOCC and would be in turn “fed to the press.”

McElroy mentioned a letter written by her to the BOCC detailing her allegations and “as if on cue”, the complaint details, Yeager requested the letter be read aloud in its entirety. The letter essentially detailed the allegations McElroy made, the complaint asserts.

The second BOCC meeting came on July 24, 2012, after Garth had sent a letter to Yeager requesting he resign due to a conflict due to his employment with Preble Rish Engineers, the county’s engineers of record.

The Yeager allegations had been publicly aired by PAC members, the complaint details.

The allegations concerning Yeager are also the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Florida Commission on Ethics, which is scheduled to hold a closed hearing on the matter this week.

At the July 24 BOCC meeting, the complaint details, McElroy again discussed Garth and the PAC during the “Public Discussion” portion of the meeting.

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