Commissioners bicker over attorney vote

Franklin County

Franklin County

Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 14:42 PM.

Once again, county commissioners have failed to decide who will serve as county attorney, their inaction largely due to an argument over parliamentary procedures.

Tuesday morning’s heated debate was the continuation of a Feb. 5 discussion to decide among five candidates who had responded to a request for proposals issued earlier this year.

Being considered are the current county attorney, Michael Shuler, as well as Carrabelle attorney Dan Cox, Eastpoint attorney Kristy Banks, Tallahassee attorney Ethan Way and Blountstown attorney Shalene Grover.

The Feb. 5 discussion, which had included the defeat of a motion 3-2 to retain Shuler, had been marked by sharp divisions within the commission.

On Tuesday, little had changed, as the five commissioners picked up right where they had left off.

After Commissioner Noah Lockley again moved to retain Shuler as attorney, and Commissioner Smokey Parrish seconded as he had two weeks earlier, Chairman Cheryl Sanders said she believed this motion was against the rules.

“We have never adopted those rules,” replied Lockley.



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