By Jean A. Flanagan –
An effort by a member of the Hardy County Planning Commission to terminate the employment of Assistant Planner David Shields Jr. was thwarted by the other members last week.
The Planning Commission met in regular session on Tuesday, March 19. Although the Planning Commission usually meets on the first Tuesday of each month, President Lee Lehman said scheduling conflicts necessitated the change in schedule.
Immediately following the acceptance of the minutes of the two previous meetings, Planning Commission member Charles Kohne moved Shields be terminated.
“This is an at-will employment state,” he said. “I move the Planning Commission terminate Dave Shields. I think we should vote by secret ballot. I make no accusations. I was told to do that by the Prosecuting Attorney.”
George Leatherman seconded the motion. “It doesn’t mean I agree with it, but I think it deserves discussion,” he said.
Lehman said he didn’t think the vote could be taken by secret ballot because of Open Meeting Laws.
County Planner Melissa Scott said she did not initiate the action. “I have worked with Dave for a few months and he has done a good job,” she said.
Shields asked to speak and read from prepared notes.
“I’m not here to argue with anyone,” he said. “I’m a sinner and have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I have shortcomings, like my temper. I have been working weekly on anger and stress management. Both Lee (Lehman) and Greg (Planning Commission Vice President Greenwalt) have commented on my progress…