BOCC notified of pending litigation

Published: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 10:02 AM.

Before commissioners voted on a motion to approve Novak’s request and adjourn the meeting, however, McLemore requested permission to ask a question of Hammond regarding any further background on the suit.

Hammond said Smith was an individual who had been talking to Bryan – in three separate meetings Hammond has accused Bryan of conspiring with others to have the county sued over the jail, a charge Bryan has vehemently denied.

Hammond said Smith was bragging about receiving his back pay and other promises he supposedly received from Bryan, which she vehemently denied.

Hammond, echoing remarks by McLemore, also reiterated that the attorney handling the lawsuit was the same attorney who represented a local PAC in a suit against the BOCC.

Bryan said none of what Hammond was saying was true regarding her interactions with Smith and later cautioned Hammond, as she did in a prior special meeting, to “check himself” as to his comments to her, which Bryan has repeatedly labeled as “insubordination.”

She said McLemore had “teed” up his question in order to allow Hammond to once again attack her on the subject of the jail, which Hammond has coincided with Bryan’s inquiries about operations, budget and an inspection of the jail.

Hammond said it was a “liability” for the county to have a commissioner talking to disgruntled former employees and was also a problem for staff.

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