Gothard: board, county manager may have violated statutes

Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 04:36 PM.

“Mr. Joyner was obligated to tell this board of his business and personal relationships with the owner of Holdfast Construction and that the generator when purchased by the BOCC vote was located at Mr. Joyner’s home,” Gothard said.

“Let me also say that I have found nowhere in either the Washington County policy or Florida Statutes any authority hat empowers a county commissioner to direct a county manager to disregard the directive of fellow commissioners,” Gothard said. “In addition, asking commissioners about an issue which is or was to be added to the agenda and which could have resulted in a vote of the BOCC could be construed as ‘polling’ of the board which violates Florida Sunshine Law.”

County Attorney Jeff Goodman did not comment on Gothard’s accusations during the meeting, and no one on the board asked him for a legal opinion.

Her fellow commissioners did, however, begin to take exception with Gothard as soon as she finished her statement.

Chairman Alan Bush told Gothard that there had been complaints from unidentified county employees who said that they felt threatened by her.

Commissioner Joel Pate said Gothard was “the most meddlesome commissioner” he had ever seen.

Joyner noted that the board, including Gothard. had voted to purchase the generator, and Commissioner Todd Abbott said the generator was a much needed piece of equipment.

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