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Press illegally excluded from Supervisors Board Meeting

Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 10:51 am News Flash Archive

The Leflore County Board of Supervisors went into executive session to discuss the dispute of who is actually president of the Board. No lawful reason was given why the Board should go into executive session to discuss the matter, though when asked, Wayne Self said it was "possible litigation," and the press was unlawfully excluded from this portion of the meeting. No action was taken to resolve the Board president dispute.

"Possible litigation" because Board members violently disagree about board policy and might end up suing each other is no valid reason to exclude the public and go into executive session.

The meeting may be viewed here: Supervisor Meeting Video

Things turned ugly at the meeting of the Leflore County Board of Supervisors when Robert Collins, who the board deposed as President at the last meeting, took the president's chair and at first refused to allow Wayne Self to conduct the meeting as President.

Collins called members out of order when they wouldn't follow his lead, and both Collins and Self would alternatively "call the question" and record the votes on various motions.

Board Attorney Joyce Chiles had provided the board members with a packet of information which she claimed tended to confirm Mr. Collins' claim to remain Board President even though three members voted to oust him at the last meeting and elected Self to take his place.

The suggestion floated about the meeting that the entire dispute would end up in court very shortly. Wolfe told Collins that if he didn't like Self being president, he should sue the Board. Collins responded that Wolfe should sue the board.

Self was supported as president by Phil Wolfe and Anjuan Brown, while Moore appeared to take a non-committal position as to who is actually board president. Moore had not been present when the vote to oust Collins took place on January 2nd.

John Pittman Hey
The Taxpayers Channel

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