Monday, July 26, 2021

Johnson v. Johnson

 A war has broken out between Hinds County Election Commissioner Toni Johnson and local radio talk show host Malcolm Johnson.  There are casualties in every war and this one is no exception as Ms. Johnson had to resign as Chairwoman of the Hinds County Election Commission last week while WOAD terminated Mr. Johnson's radio gig.  

Mr. Johnson is also the assistant to Hinds County District 2 Supervisor David L. Archie.  Mr. Archie has been raising hell over Ms. Johnson's alleged spending as Chairwoman of the Election Commission.  Mr. Johnson has made some rather colorful statements about Ms. Johnson on his weekly WOAD radio show, Tell It Like It Is. 

However, WOAD fired Mr. Johnson last week after Ms. Johnson's attorney, Warren Martin, notified the radio station his client intended to sue for defamation.  A June 28 Notice of Claims letter sent to WOAD states:


 Mr. Archie appeared at a meeting of the Hinds County Election Commission last week and accused Ms. Johnson of spending thousands of dollars on lunches and training without Commission approval. 

WOAD fired Johnson a few days later.


Mr. Johnson was not fazed by the letter.  He said his contract expires at the end of July.  He also said he could back up his statements with proof and could not wait to do so.  

The tag team of Archie & Johnson may have the last laugh on the Election Commissioner from District 2.  Mr. Archie's allegations resulted in Ms. Johnson resigning her position as Chairwoman Friday.  Justin Vicory reported in the Clarion-Ledger

Hinds County Election Commissioner Toni Johnson resigned as the board's chair on Friday, calling accusations she improperly spent county funds a "witch hunt." ...

Johnson tendered her resignation before the commission could strip her of the chair,  fellow Commissioner Yvonne R. Horton said. Johnson will continue in her seat as election commissioner for District 2.

 Horton said the commission announced Friday it would hold a special meeting at 2:30 p.m. to consider removing Johnson as leader of the board. Johnson announced she would step down prior to the meeting, Horton said. ...

Johnson's resignation follows accusations at a Thursday commission meeting that she misspent county money. 

Supervisor David Archie pointed to lawn care and COVID-19 cleaning expenses totaling over $8,000 a month as one example of questionable expenses he says Johnson reported. 

He also questioned training lunches reported by Johnson costing $4,216. When asked about the lunches during the meeting, none of the commissioners could recall attending.

A February receiving report from the county's purchasing department shows funds  spent for one election commission training seminar for 20 people that included labor, delivery and condiments.  .... Rest of article.

Stay tuned.  There will definitely be a tomorrow.



Anonymous said...

I thought a county's BOS had to approve and sign off on every expenditure of their Election Commissioner's requests??? I mean the election commissioners that I know have no direct access to funds to purchase, buy or pay for anything??? Also, if the Election Commissioners DONT spend their funds from time to time (new machines, PPE, etc.) wont most BOS's take our funds and move them over into the general fund???...

Anonymous said...

This is why Bridges out, road not paved and grass not cut. MisSpending Tax Payers Money! She and who ever participated this fraud against Tax Payers should be receiving a visit from State Auditor SHAD WHITE very soon..

Anonymous said...

Jackson and Hinds County officials had better learn an important lesson when dealing with David Archie: You can't trash a pig but he sure can trash you!

Anonymous said...

I imagine Mr. Shad White has big plans coming Hinds Countys way. And it will be welcomed ! Lol, you know there is much more misappropriation and all this finger pointing indicates guilt !

Anonymous said...

Continuing with the David Archie / pig metaphor - when you wrestle with a pig, you'll both get muddy, but the pig will love it.

Anonymous said...

I detest grammatical errors and the use of incorrect phrases in a legal document. Twice in the top portion of the document (above), you will find the phrase 'Counsel or record'. Misstating the proper description of plaintiff's attorney is bad enough, but repeating it and then no proof-reading is inexcusable.

At one time people took pride in their work.

Anonymous said...

@11:26am: “…then no proofreading…”

Anonymous said...

I'm not 11:26 but he/she did say Legal Docs, 11:39.
Not blog comments.

I used to see typos as annoyances but I am sure I make plenty, so I am hesitant to point them out in others now.

Anonymous said...

Actually, 11:39, there are three acceptable uses. Here, for your edification:

proof reader [open spelling as two words]
proof-reader [hyphenated compound noun]
proofreader [closed compound spelling as one word]

Ur Walcome...

Anonymous said...

Get your popcorn ready as there's a special Hind County board meeting Wednesday at 9:00am with the only items listed are removing Archie as Board VP and voting for a new VP.


Anonymous said...

Why are you so obsessed with David Archie?

Borderline creepy.

Anonymous said...

I don’t mind a typo here and there as much as I mind people in authority who lack the ability to correctly pronounce common english words like “ask”

Anonymous said...

This redneck is obsessed with Mr. Archie. Sheesh.

Anonymous said...

“Counsel seek”

Warren is her lawyer alone so I read it as singular.

“Counsel seeks”


And why in Madison county I wonder?

Venue is proper in Hinds as thats where the defamatory remarks were made and even heard……must be something more to that.

Kingfish said...

Where do you think WOAD is?

Anonymous said...

Malcomb is a "Special Projects Officer working for Archie, which means lapdog making $38,000 per year on the county payroll. Toni got slapped with an ethics complaint during her first term because the other commissioners accused her of having secret meetings. She later resigned as commissioner to run for supervisor (and word has it she didn't have any idea she would have to resign in order to run). She came in a distant third to Archie and McQuirters. So she ran for commissioner again and won, mainly nobody knows when election commissioners run for office or how to sign up. I don't think she'll be able to resist running for supervisor again.

Anonymous said...

And we used to think Earl Dean Rhodes and Rankin County were entertaining.

Anonymous said...

Do these people have any way to make a living other than as some kind of officer in local government? Or do they just continue to seek public office to settle old scores? It seems like they're carrying an awful lot of baggage from previous positions and past run-ins.

Anonymous said...


I agree. I thought it was only me who noticed as much.

Anonymous said...

Toni Johnson attorney sound like he has something personal against David Archie & Malcome Johnson. He never said nothing about the TVs and Applainces, but keep talking about a radio program.
2.5 years in prison..

Anonymous said...

Toni Johnson attorney sound like he has something personal against David Archie & Malcome Johnson. He never said nothing about the TVs and Applainces, but keep talking about a radio program.
2.5 years in prison..

Anonymous said...

The point regarding grammatical and other glaring errors is that, especially in legal documents, that tend to survive and have meaning forever, should never include them. Otherwide, irregardless of what some think, they don't hardly make no different no way.

I'm 11:26 and 12:10

Anonymous said...

T. Johnson will sue M. Johnson and the M. Johnson will counter sue. Then Shad White will verify that M. Johnson was correct. Then Warren Martin will look crazy and Blame David Archie for T. Johnson being convicted.
Sources also say that T.Johnson owe Alpha Media monies from advertisement during her last campaign. She wrote station a bad check.

Anonymous said...

That's a lot of Johnsons. Insert joke about government sausage.

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