Meck commissioners still pointing fingers at each other

Meck commissioners still pointing fingers at each other

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on May 21, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 22 at 9:14 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It has been two weeks since Mecklenburg County Commissioners voted to fire long-time County Manager, Harry Jones -- a firing that led to rifts between commissioners as well as name calling.

Two weeks later, the bickering continues.

At a meeting Tuesday night, commissioners had not even finished introducing themselves to the audience at the government center when sparks started flying.

Commissioner Dumont Clarke, who has called for the ouster of Chairwoman Pat Cotham, wanted to say a few personal words about the firing of Jones.

Cotham said he was out of order.

But the full commission then voted to let Clarke speak.  He said there were some misconceptions about why Jones was fired two weeks ago.

"There was absolutely never any suggestion of any wrongdoing by Mr. Jones," said Clarke.

Commissioner Trevor Fuller spoke next, saying, "We must acknowledge the disrespect that we have brought on ourselves."

Other commissioners then spoke of the divisions that have developed among board members.

"I am the Vice Chair but I am treated as a citizen only," said Commissioner Kim Ratliff.

Ratliff accused Chairwoman Cotham of shutting her out.

"I heard through the grapevine that she has told Mr Shields, the interim county manager, not to talk to Kim Ratliff," she said.

Cotham shook her head as Shields responded.

"It is not true Chairman Cotham directed me or suggested that I not speak to you.  That simply is not true," Shields said.

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