Remember the article about Peter Austin, County Administrator, and John Jung, Human Resources Chairman, not complying with County Board Rules?
Well, it seems to be happening again..
After the May 23rd HR meeting both Jung and Austin refused to schedule an HR meeting that the committee requested.
They “willfully and knowingly broke County Board rules by refusing to schedule the meeting on Jun 13th which would be their responsibility to adhere to the stated consensus of a majority of the committee,” according to Craig Wilcox comments at Jun 27th HR meeting.
Donna Kurtz supported this comments and said ,”
“We’ve always had a voice before…for this not to make it on the agenda…it doesn’t feel like my voice matters anymore.”
The response from Jung was telling and convoluted.
He claimed the Resolution would fire two people (those words do not exist in the Resolution) that in his opinion didn’t solve anything, that it didn’t make any sense to waste staff resources and not being a lawyer he couldn’t determine if it was legal.
That opinion seemed to echo what Chairman Jack Franks intimated when he surprisingly joined the Law & Government Committee meeting the day before.
Franks came into the room upset that Austin and Scott Hartman were still in the committee meeting.
Upon asking what was going on, Franks got an earful from the committee members, and decided to engage them during the publicly recorded meeting.
He claimed to have legal opinions that he is comfortable with, and said he wouldn’t call a meeting for an illegal issue.
What was he implying?
Did he acknowledge having received legal opinions from outside sources, separate from the States Attorney?
If so, were they taxpayer funded opinions?
Back to the “illegal” remark.
What was remotely illegal about the HR committee asking for a meeting for Jun 13th to discuss a Resolution?
County Board rules are pretty explicit about how to call for committee meetings, so that couldn’t be it.
Probably, it was the content of the Resolution itself.
So fast forward back to the Jun 27th HR meeting, where the committee quite clearly asked for a Stat’es Attorney opinion about whether their Resolution violated any laws.
Craig Wilcox drafted the request and forwarded it to Committee Chairman Jung and the County Administrator, among others.
Since then, neither has forwarded the request to the State’s Attorney…as required by Board Rules.
Why won’t Jung fulfill the duties of bring Chairman of the Human Resources Committee?
Is Austin in breach of his contract and the County Administrator Ordinance, or at least minimally his ethical standards under International City/County Management Association, when he blatantly disregards the county board members, to whom he responsible?
The County Board continues to have its own rules thrown in the trash and ignored.
Will members ever stand up for the rights their elections conferred on them?