BOC chairman role questioned in public works job posting
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,