Darth Basar...you may dispense with the pleasantries. We realize now that your ego will not go gentle into that good night. I'm not sure who the emperor is you are serving, I have a feeling that it's your ego...but what I do know is you aren't serving the citizens of Shelby County and the taxpayers....and they will not be as forgiving as you might think...
Seven Shelby County Commissioners are suing commission chairmanJustin Ford for stopping them from adding items to the body’s agenda.
The lawsuit was filed Monday, Oct. 28, as the commission was meeting a block away from the Shelby County Courthouse. Commissioners who were not involved in the lawsuit got word of it Tuesday.
The plaintiffs are Commissioners Walter Bailey andVan Turner, who are also the attorneys representing the plaintiffs, as well as Willie Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Eddie Jones, Reginald Milton and Steve Basar.
Basar is a Republican commissioner. The other six are Democrats, with Ford being the seventh Democrat on the majority Democratic body.
The specific issue is a proposal by Bailey and Basar that would change commission rules by allowing an item to be added to committee sessions and vote by the full commission later with a simple majority of seven commissioners. The current rule requires a nine-vote, two-thirds majority.
Basar submitted the proposal first this month. According to the lawsuit, the commission staff sent him an email saying Ford wanted it to be presented later in the month.
When Bailey did that, Bailey got an email from commission staff saying Ford had indicated “he does not want the permanent rules amendment … to move forward at this time.”
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