GRAY -- The Jones County Human Resources Committee said Tuesday that theyre going to refer a matter about the employment of relatives to the county attorney.
During its meeting, the committee chairman, Commissioner Daylon Martin, read a series of recommendations from county employees.
One of those recommendations cited a section in the countys handbook that states: Members of the Jones County Board or staff members or department managers immediate family shall not be employed at the same time in the same department or under the direction of said manager.
Martin asked members of the committee and county employees present at the meeting if this is occurring in Jones County government.
Margie Tyson, assistant county administrator, said her husband works in the maintenance department.
Her husbands direct supervisor reports to Tyson and if he is not present, Tyson is next in line.
She said she avoids that situation and would recuse herself if that ever occurred.
After determining that the term family members in the handbook includes in-laws, another committee member, Commissioner Tommy Robinson, said his brother in-law works in the safety department.
County commissioners have a supervisory role over county employees.
Martin said these instances and possibly others within the county are against the rules spelled out in the employee handbook.
It (handbook) doesnt make exceptions or allow someone to recuse ones self, he said. Its out of compliance if you follow the rules the handbook states.
Robinson suggested the committee hand the matter over to the county attorney for review.
It has never been an issue to my knowledge, Robinson said after the meeting. I think the correct thing to do is refer this to the county attorney.
Possible employee firings
Robinson told The Telegraph on Monday that a Tuesday called meeting of the board to discuss personnel and the budget could possibly turn into a discussion to fire County Administrator Michael D. Underwood, Tyson and Human Resources Director Jill Thompson.
That didnt occur during the open meeting.
Thompson recently resigned.
During the personnel discussion of the called meeting, Commissioner Jonathan Pitts made a motion to advertise for a new HR director.
During the budget discussion, Pitts made a motion that all department heads must get approval for any expenditures $500 or over for the rest of the month -- the remainder of the fiscal year.
Both motions carried unanimously.
In other business, the countys finance committee set a goal of Sept. 17 to adopt the 2014 budget.
The group will meet Monday to discuss the budget and the possibility of raising the millage rate.