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Commissioner Bigelow questions if Hawes had authority

posted Sep 21, 2012, 4:00 AM by We TheEmployees

Commissioner Brian Bigelow said Thursday Lee County’s top staffer violated the very charter that empowers her, as well as the commission, when she put a stop to Medstar.

In an email to other commissioners, Bigelow asked the county attorney to show him the “charter language” that authorized County Manager Karen Hawes to eliminate the program outside a public forum and without the commission’s consent.

“Medstar was approved and appropriated by the board and can only be undone by an act of the board, not the county manager,” Bigelow said. “She has now committed an act of insubordination by eliminating Medstar.”  Continue Reading