Washington County, Florida --
Washington County Commissioners wasted no time in getting down to business after Tuesday morning's (Nov. 16) swear-in ceremony. Newly-elected Commissioner Todd Abbott recommended hiring a public works director to supervise the day-to-day operations of the department, however, the motion caused quite bit of debate before narrowly passing by a 3-to-2 vote.
Washington County commissioners started the meeting with a new Chairman and District Four Commissioner.
Todd Abbott, who defeated Eddy Holman during the August primary, suggested hiring a public works director to monitor the day-to-day operations.
"Where we're at, where we're going, what needs to be done, what kind of shape the equipment's in, do we need equipment? Do we not need equipment?"
The department currently operates with 2-road supervisors who monitor the east and west end of the county, but Abbott said the system wasn't working as employees were not grading dirt roads on a weekly or monthly basis.
"It's a lack of supervision, it's a lack of direction, it's a lack of somebody taking ownership."
"That one didn't say nothing about it, that one didn't say nothing about it or the one that replaced you about his district about his roads, they were doing good," says Charles Broke, District 3 Commissioner.
The idea brought out mixed emotions from some commissioners following the September investigation of former west side road supervisor Robert Harcus. Harcus was suspended for 2-weeks for allegedly misusing county funds and road materials for private interests.
"It's not just awful for the two that you just mentioned but it's awful for the whole staff down there which makes it awful for our tax money!"
The motion eventually passed by a 3-to-2 vote with District 1 Commissioner Donnie Strickland and Brock opposing it.
Commissioners will fund the position out of the Road and Bridge budget.