Commissioners decline paying sick leave to former employees

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 06:08 PM.

In the past, the TDC has used county vehicles and county credit cards for gasoline on trips, but the TDC is funded from a 3 percent bed tax which is collected by the state.

Chamber Executive Director and TDC member Ted Everett explained the funding for the TDC and pointed out that Lopez is a county employee who is paid from the TDC budget, not from the county budget.

Lopez was recently promoted to executive director of the TDC and received a raise, which Bush said was poor timing on the TDC’s part since the county was having to lay off employees while the TDC was giving raises.

“She ran the TDC single-handed for five years,” said Pate, who also serves on the TDC board. “This is just more of your grandstanding and I am not going to listen to it. The TDC has a good board, it’s the best board in the county.” Pate gathered his things and left the board meeting.

Bush said he has been concerned in the past as he was signing off on TDC expenses, but he gave the organization some latitude.

“If she isn’t paid by the county, then don’t ask us for a car or a credit card,” Gothard said.

“My point exactly,” Bush added.

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