Worth County Commissioners held a special called meeting Tuesday to discuss finance and personnel issues.
In the beginning of the meeting commissioners were told the county doesn't have enough money to pay county employees. They need $350,000 but right now have $40,000 in the bank.
Commissioners approved taking out a loan in the mean time to pay county employees on Friday. They're now immediately starting the process to find a bank that will offer a competitive loan.
Last Thursday they held a meeting which resulted in the suspension of Kannetha Clem, the county's E-911 director. Commissioners asked Clem to resign due to Facebook posts and other issues they declined to discuss. When Clem declined to resign they suspended her with pay. Clem has now been terminated from her position.
Also after last week's meeting the county attorney Clarence Miller sent in his resignation. The Commissioners have now approved that resignation and will begin the search for a replacement immediately.
In Miller's letter to the board he mentioned that the commission made a mistake when hiring two new employees to public works. Miller said his motion didn't follow protocol. They are admitting their mistake and recalling the motion to hire two new employees. Commissioner Gaines made a new motion to hire those two employees, a motion that correctly follows protocol.
One additional item to come out of the meeting was a memorandum that all county employees are no longer allowed to use county vehicles for personal use. Those using them for that purpose will be immediately terminated.
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