Gothard: board, county manager may have violated statutes

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

“Frankly, I was embarrassed to find out the county couldn’t run if the power went out,” Abbott said.

The generator was needed so the county could run both the lights and the fuel pumps in the case of a power outage. The generator was purchased for $22,500 from Holdfast Construction, owned by Mike Horton. According to the minutes from the Feb. 28 meeting, the generator was purchased with money the county raised by selling scrap metal.

“Today I am making a public notice that failure to follow the policies as stated in the Washington County employee handbook and operational manual, as well as the Florida Statutes, in the future will result in my request of this board for disciplinary action as directed by board policies,” Gothard said.

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