Wednesday, March 13, 2019
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! JACKSON COUNTY EXECUTIVE FRANK WHITE REJECTS QUESTIONS FROM LEGISLATURE!!!
In a stunning rebuke of open government rules and transparency, Jackson County Executive Frank White attempts to silence any criticism in open meetings from his fellow elected officials.
Remember that Exec Frank White faced some tense back and forth in a recent meeting regarding a jail report that had been heavily redacted.
Now . . .
JACKSON COUNTY EXECUTIVE REJECTS FUTURE QUESTIONS FROM THE LEGISLATURE SPARKING CONCERN ABOUT TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY TO VOTERS!!!
As always we give first word to Courthouse Insiders about this info. Here's the hot take:
"This isn't the way County Government is supposed to work. What's worse is that we're in the middle of a discussion to build a new jail. That's a multi-million dollar project and in the middle of it all you've got the Executive trying to shut down communications."
Legislator Dan Tarwater was quick to push back against this request. Here's his note that is making waves around 12th & Oak . . .
STATEMENT REGARDING JACKSON COUNTY EXECUTIVE'S DECISION TO NO LONGER ACCEPT QUESTIONS DURING LEGISLATIVE MEETINGS
Legislator Tarwater: "Legislative Chair Theresa Galvin revealed to all other members of the Legislature a conversation held with Executive Frank White following a contentious exchange during Monday's Legislative meeting. He stated he will no longer answer questions or engage in an open dialogue unless it is noticed under "Hearings" on the agenda. When asked for "Communications and Reports of the County Executive" he will speak if he has a subject to report on.
"Just to be clear, the Jackson County Legislature is a duly elected body of the government and has the right and duty to ask questions of the County Executive at any time. This body took the same oath as the Executive to protect the citizens of Jackson County. We are a Watchdog for the Taxpayer and the County Executive does not have the power to censor other elected officials. Balance of power with checks and balances are the core of good government. The County Executive is not an Imperial Ruler . . .
"This request is unlawful and unreasonable and should not be considered by the Legislative body. Frank White should show up to meetings, answer questions when asked by the Legislature, and should questions make him uncomfortable, he should not attend. The taxpayers deserve elected leaders who can show up when required and answer questions when asked. Those are the basics."
Here's a look at the statement in full . . .
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