Public services director says 'no' to interim administrator position

Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM.

“The board has the authority to define what David would do in this position,” County Attorney Jeff Goodman said. “The county has the ability to deal with contracts on a month-to-month basis, and those are approved by the board.”

Goodman said the board should grant Corbin some flexibility in dealing with day-to-day running of the county.

Commissioner Joel Pate noted that the county budgets would soon be due, and said it was necessary to have a county administrator in place to oversee the creation of the budgets.

County Clerk Linda Cook disagreed, however, saying the department heads and the county finance office were capable of creating a budget without the oversight of a county manager.

“Every time we hire someone to run the county, we don’t let him do his job,” Pate said. “This board gets involved and won’t leave him alone.”

“We owe it to the employees to have a point of contact,” said Abbott at the opening of the meeting. “We have invoices that need signed, the budgets are coming up and there are the day-to-day operations to oversee.”

Pate noted that advertising the position properly will take 60-90 days, and then there will be the interviewing process.

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