Teeth gnashed, tempers flared, and the heavens rumbled with thunderous debate yet in the end, nothing happened at the special meeting of the Madison County Board of Supervisors yesterday. It is not known if any clothes were rent. Chancery Clerk Ronnie Lott was probably giving thanks that he was no longer a supervisor every minute. The Madison County Journal reported:
A Republican county supervisor who represents most of Madison and Gluckstadt sided with a Canton Democrat on Monday in a so-far-unsuccessful attempt to oust the attorney for the county Election Commission in the midst of an election challenge. Debate resumes Thursday at 9 a.m.Thursday should be fun.
District 2 Supervisor John Howland, the Madison Republican, voted with District 5 Supervisor Paul Griffin, the Canton Democrat, to fire Spence Flatgard during a special-called meeting Monday morning.
District 1 Supervisor John Bell Crosby and District 3 Supervisor Gerald Steen, both Republicans from Madison and Ridgeland respectively, voted to stop the termination brought to them by the Election Commission.
District 4 Supervisor Karl Banks, a Democrat, was forced to recuse himself from the vote because he is currently challenging the election he lost to Madison Republican David Bishop in November. (Howland was defeated by Madison's Trey Baxter. Crosby was defeated by Madison's Sheila Jones.)
With Banks' ouster, the newly-elected supervisors who take office in January have said they have a solid 4-1 Republican majority.
After neither side budged on separate 2-2 votes to either adjourn the Monday meeting or to continue, Banks came back in and voted in favor of continuing the meeting until Thursday.
The hour-long meeting involved much back-and-forth, with Griffin the leading proponent to terminate Flatgard. Rest of article.