Franklin County Commissioners Finally Decide Future Of County Attorney

By: Sandra Osborne Email
By: Sandra Osborne Email

After weeks of tabling the decision, once because of threats made against board members, Franklin County Commissioners voted 3 to 2 to keep Michael Shuler as their County Attorney.

Commissioners decided to open up the County Attorney position several weeks ago, to get price quotes from other legal representation in an attempt to save some cash, but the move seemed to only cause problems.

"There was a lot of turmoil, a lot of dissension. We had mention of families being split and this and that," said Commissioner Joseph “Smokey” Parrish.

Two commissioners William Massey and Cheryl Sanders say they received threats, though they didn't press charges.

"I don't know anybody in this county that would stand up and make those kinds of threats," said Parrish.

While commissioner Pinki Jackel made two motions Tuesday to hire other attorneys, it was William Massey that moved to keep Shuler.

Commissioner Joseph Parrish says he hopes this decision will allow the board to focus on other issues.

"We have several law suits going on. We're trying to rebuild our bridge that the barge hit during the bad storm, you know, just a lot of issues facing the county that we need to move forward on and put this behind us and come together as a community and as a county," said the commissioner.

The board also discussed the oyster restoration projects along with the county's budget, and plans to join the Gulf Coast Consortium which will decide how to spend the billions of dollars Florida is expected to receive in oil spill fines.

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