Big changes could be in store for the county planning and zoning and building inspections offices.
Madison County commissioners will likely strip the directors in both offices of their department head status this month, a move that would be accompanied by a pay cut.
Just how much salary the directors might lose still hasn’t been determined.
The BOC could also combine the two offices under one department head and move the departments into the current magistrate office, with the judge taking over the current planning office and building inspection room, using part of the space as a courtroom. The board may also cut a building inspector from full-time to part-time.
A vote on the matters could come later this month.
The board of commissioners met Dec. 4 with planning and zoning director Linda Fortson and county chief building inspector Eddie Pritchett. Both employees were questioned about their hours on the job and Fortson was asked to explain recent derogatory Facebook posts she made about the county commissioners.
Commissioner Mike Youngblood asked for Fortson to come to the table in the BOC meeting room, where he handed her a stack of papers and asked her to read them to the board and explain what she wrote.
Fortson was teary eyed as she stood at the podium and said she felt disrespected by Youngblood at a recent meeting. She said she has a lot of family and friends on Facebook and that she was seeking spiritual support from them after feeling mistreated at a recent meeting.
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