BOC chair­man role ques­tioned in pub­lic works job post­ing

The Covington News - - Front page - DANIELLE EVER­SON deverson@cov­

An­other dis­agree­ment over the power of the county chair­man cropped up last week, when Com­mis­sioner Mort Ewing ques­tioned a newly-cre­ated pub­lic works po­si­tion posted on­line by Chair­man Kathy Mor­gan.

At the Aug. 7 board of com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing, Ewing ex­pressed con­cern that a new po­si­tion — deputy di­rec­tor of roads and bridges — posted on the county’s web­site wasn’t ap­proved by the board.

In re­sponse, Mor­gan said she cre­ated the po­si­tion by com­bin­ing two job po­si­tions, in­clud­ing the open po­si­tion of as­sis­tant roads di­rec­tor. In ad­di­tion, she said in an email Fri­day, Mor­gan said she in­ter­preted the county’s char­ter as giv­ing her the author­ity to hire and fire all road depart­ment em­ploy­ees.

The po­si­tion was pulled off the web­site Aug. 9.

At the Aug. 7 meet­ing, Ewing said the deputy di­rec­tor po­si­tion had been cre­ated and posted with­out first be­ing pre­sented to the board or be­ing ad­dressed in the fis­cal year 2013 bud­get.

The deputy di­rec­tor po­si­tion was orig­i­nally posted July 16 with an av­er­age an­nual salary range of $49,316 to $74,089. The po­si­tion sum­mary said the in­di­vid­ual hired would work with the chair­man and pub­lic works di­rec­tor to plan,


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