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Hawkins commission debates one member’s conflict of interest

September 24th, 2013 8:13 pm by Jeff Bobo

Hawkins commission debates one member’s conflict of interest

A resolution defeated 7-10 by the Hawkins County Commission Monday sought removal of Commissioner Charlie Freeman from the interim solid waste director position. (photo by Jeff Bobo)

ROGERSVILLE — Nine commissioners acknowledge either a director or an indirect conflict of interest prior to every Hawkins County Commission meeting.

But, only one of those nine commissioners, Charlie Freeman, was named in a resolution Monday seeking his dismissal from county employment based on a conflict of interest. 

In January County Mayor Melville Bailey appointed Freeman as interim solid waste director, a part time position that pays $500 per month.

Some would argue that with county elections coming up next May, Freeman was singled out Monday for political reasons, to challenge Bailey’s authority. 

Bailey will likely be opposed in the May, 2014 county mayor Republican primary by a prominent Church Hill resident. 

Leading the charge Monday against Freeman was Commissioner Jeff Barrett of Church Hill, who introduced the resolution recommending Freeman’s removal. The commission voted down Barrett’s resolution 7-10 with four abstentions.

Read more in Wednesday's print edition of the Times-News, or in the expanded electronic edition.



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