Fire chief Jeff Taylor and 911 director Deidra Moore were both called into a closed door meeting of the Banks County Board of Commission on Wednesday, Jan. 20, to discuss personnel. No action was taken after the BOC behind closed doors for one and a half hours.
BOC chairman Milton Dalton and commissioners Joe Barefoot, Ernest Rogers and Charles Turk went into closed session to discuss personnel. Moore was first asked to join the meeting. Next, Taylor was asked by the BOC to join the closed door meeting. Human resources director Judy Greer was also present for the closed session.
When the meeting was opened to the public, there was no discussion or mention of any action being taken. According to the Georgia Open Meetings Law, any action related to personnel must be taken in open session. Deliberations on hiring, firing or disciplining an employee can be done in closed session but any action must be conducted during an open meeting. Hiring, firing and discipline of an employee are the only personnel items that may be discussed in closed session, according to Georgia law. Any other discussions related to personnel, including salaries, must be done in open session.
Instead of criticizing each other about spelling errors lets see if anyone can find out what Dalton and Turk have going on related to the fire department. Both of these commissioners have a personal agenda related to the fire department. I would like to know what the plan is in an open meeting in front of the citizens/taxpayers instead of having so many closed session meetings and then holding no open session. I think the citizens have a right to know what the BOC is planning.
Turk..... Funny you should say that name. people say that on top of this nice big salary increase, Turk is reluctant to give up his FIREMAN discount given by many of the restaurants in the Banks Crossing Area. I was under the assumption that when he took this job he was no longer part of the BCFD?????? Could someone clarify this for me... Thanks