County chiefs learns new interim procedures
Published: Saturday, September 9th, 2006
County Commissioners and Quay County department heads met Friday morning at a special meeting to discuss operating procedures following the Aug. 30 death of Quay County manager Terry Turner. Don Schutte, district attorney and attorney for the county, went over the public meetings regulations for public officials with department heads. He explained that they could not meet with any two of the three commissioners because that would be considered a public meeting according to state law. It was also noted that Turner often brought items from the departments for approval or for information before the commission. County Commission chair Franklin McCasland said that department heads would now have to bring items before the commission by putting them on the commission’s agenda. Also, McCasland said it would be necessary for department heads to attend meetings so that they would be present in case the commissioners needed further information. Commissioner Bill Curry told the group, “I would to express out thanks to you for doing your job and doing your job well....We’re going to make it.” Curry said the county’s in good shape. “We have Terry to thank for that, but it’s you also,” Curry said. The commissioners also asked Schutte about procedures for hiring an interim manager. Schutte said the commissioners could seek out a interim manager, explaining that the interviewing process would be open to the public. However, the commission’s discussion on the pros and cons of one candidate versus another could be conducted in a closed executive session because it is a personnel matter. The Quay County Commission will hold its regular meeting at 9 a.m. on Monday at City Hall. Among the items to be discussed are road updates, the Red Ribbon Carnival, an interim county manager, county employees taking time off to go to the Oct. 4 air show and a report from the county fire marshal.
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