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Chairman: there was no intention to fire employees
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Aug 22, 2013 | 2325 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jones County Board of Commissioners Chairman Preston Hawkins took exception to the story about the board’s closed meeting in last week’s edition.

Hawkins stated in a telephone interview Aug. 15 that he was misrepresented in statements that were made in the Aug. 8 meeting, which were quoted in the newspaper. He said he was not part of an effort to have anyone fired.

The chairman said, while he was aware of some issues with the county administrator and human resource director, he had no plan for anyone to be fired.

Hawkins said the personnel issue was placed on the agenda for closed session by Commissioner Daylon Martin, and when the session began, it was turned over to him.

The chairman said Commissioner Jonathan Pitts was the first one to speak up against the firings proposed by Martin, which also included the assistant administrator. Pitts’ recommendation was to talk to each one of the employees about the issues, one at a time, and then revisit the situation in 60 days.

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