The issue, which may have festered for months, is now an open sore and looks to remain a wounded affliction for some time. Both sides claim to have legal opinions favoring their separate positions on whether or how a vote to change the representative on the Airport Authority board is compliant with state code.

At the previous meeting, Commissioner Tammy Shifflett-Tincher was approved in a 2-1 vote to take over Commissioner Mike McClung’s seat on the Airport Authority board (GVAA). But McClung refused to be removed, stating that procedures were not properly observed and that the commission was in violation of the state code.

A non-litigation resolution was included to the Apr. 9 meeting agenda by McClung. Referring to it as a writ of mandamus to get an injunction to stop any action to replace him on the board, he said, was a court process in which “one commissioner is suing the county commission.” He said that would be a lengthy, disruptive and expensive process, “but most importantly, this is not what we were elected to do. The county deserves better.”

The remedy, he proposed, is to get an opinion from Attorney General Patrick Morrissey to answer the question, “Does the county commission posses the legal authority to remove its representative…

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