JAMES MADISON QUOTE - 1822

"A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives."

SCOTTSBORO WEATHER

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Jackson County Commission Chairman, "we are not calling it a termination at this time;" referring to the dismissal of the County Administrator.

Jackson County Courthouse South side - photo by G.Morgan.
Home page of the Jackson County Commission http://www.jacksoncountyal.com/commission.html
 
I contacted Matthew Hodges, Jackson County Commission Chairman, this morning concerning the announcement in the Daily Sentinel that the County Administrator no longer has a job. Headlines read: "Erickson Out as County Administrator." Ms. Sandra Erickson has been employed by Jackson County since October 2009. Prior to the last commission leaving office they had extended Erickson's contract for a period of 3 years, effective July 2012. Erickson's annual salary is approximately $90K per year. If the commission dismisses Ms. Erickson without cause her contract buyout will cost the citizens in excess of $180,000. (cropped photo of Mr. Hodges - fair usage right, not for profit news reporting- $1.2 Million budget gap - http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/mar/04/jackson-county-weighs-12-million-budget-gap/ )

I asked the following questions of Mr. Hodges- Question: "Do you have any comment concerning the termination of Ms. Erickson?" Hodges: "We are not calling it a termination at this time. We will release more information Tuesday after the commission meeting." Question: "Will you be buying out the remaining portion of her contract?" Hodges: "We will release more information after Tuesday's commission meeting." Question: "Is there any comment you are willing to make at this time?" Hodges: "We will release more information after Tuesdays commission meeting."

Official photo of the Jackson County Commission on their web site. http://www.jacksoncountyal.com/commission.html  (Fair Usage Right)

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