The Jones County Commission is contemplating firing its top administrators, and it could do so Tuesday.
Commissioners have called a meeting for 4 p.m. to discuss personnel and the budget.
According to the commissions minutes from a meeting Thursday, Commissioner Tommy Robinson said that three of five board members strongly suggested that the board should fire County Administrator Michael D. Underwood, Assistant Administrator Margie Tyson and Human Resources Director Jill Thompson, who has since resigned.
According to the minutes, Robinson said the reason discussed for the terminations included rumors, innuendos and insults and chaos at the Government Center.
Robinson told The Telegraph on Monday that he didnt see any reason to fire them, but he said some of the claims against them stemmed from anonymous comments left in a suggestion box.
To say that we have a problem in a given department just because there is a complaint coming out of that box anonymously, that is just out of the question to me, Robinson said.
Commissioner Larry Childs said he wanted to talk with the employees about some issues, which he declined to discuss. Childs said none of the commissioners except Robinson ever discussed firing anyone.
This whole things blown out of proportion, he said Monday.
The minutes do not say anyone disputed Robinsons claims at Thursdays meeting, though County Attorney Frank Childs reportedly said discussions made in executive session -- closed to the public -- should stay in executive session.
Tyson did not return a message Monday, and a person in Underwoods office said he was out on sick leave.
Robinson said Underwood had been having chest pains for more than a week. He also said Thompson resigned after he told her about the commissioners planned meeting to discuss their positions.
According to Thursdays meeting minutes, Tyson said she wanted any problems with her discussed in a public session, in front of her co-workers and reporters.
Commissioners adjourned that meeting, then reconvened about three hours later.
In that meeting, the commission, which also includes Commission Chairman Preston Hawkins and Commissioner Daylon Martin, voted 4-0, with Commissioner Jonathan Pitts absent, to put the Finance/Accounting Department and Human Resources Department under the direction of the board of commissioners.
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