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Jones Co. Administrator May Be Fired Due to Complaints

10:17 AM, Aug 12, 2013   |    comments
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Jones County commissioners are scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss whether to fire their county administrator and his assistant.

Three of the board's five members supported firing administrator Michael Underwood and assistant administrator Margie Tyson due to employees' complaints.

That's according to minutes of last week's meetings. The minutes do not identify the members who supported the firings.

The minutes say some commissioners cited anonymous complaints put in a county suggestion box and "rumors, innuendos, insults and chaos.

They also discussed whether to fire human resources director Jill Thompson, but she resigned last week.

According to minutes of a meeting last Friday Tyson, made a statement: "If there is any trial or accusation regarding me during closed session, I respectfully request that it is done in open session with time for attendance by all Government Center employees and media to hear." 

County administrator, Michael Underwood, was not present Chairman Hawkins agreed to postpone the discussion to this week.

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