Hiring former commissioner ‘dead issue’

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:51 AM.

Novak emphasized that any violations of ethics law would fall on Williams, not the BOCC.

Commissioner Warren Yeager said the county’s RESTORE committee, an all-volunteer group, had made significant progress and was well ahead of the timeline for local work on RESTORE and hiring any consultant at this time would be premature, at best.

“We are way ahead of a timeline that this community needs advice on RESTORE,” Yeager said. “There will be a time we need expertise and lobbying but this is not the time. I think it is a dead issue.”

Yeager proposed leaving it to RESTORE committee members to alert the BOCC as to the need and scope of any outside expertise. His fellow commissioners agreed.

“It sounds like (hiring Williams) has a lot of strings, bells and whistles to it and we don’t need to go into that,” said Commissioner Ward McDaniel. “Let’s let this dog lay.”

McDaniel added that there might be opportunities down the road to “piggy-back” with other small counties that are stakeholders in RESTORE to combine resources on outside expertise or lobbying.

And Novak noted that at the time the RESTORE committee requested such assistance from the BOCC, any scope of services that exceeded $5,000 would require the county to undertake a Request for Proposals or Request for Qualifications.

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