The Madison County Board recently approved a resolution to prevent the county from awarding severance pay and benefits to political insiders convicted of a crime. Despite 26 County Board Members voting in favor of the anti-corruption reform, County Board Member and Republican candidate for state representative Don Moore voted against the reform, essentially supporting severance pay and benefits to corrupt political hires convicted of a crime.
The anti-corruption resolution was approved by the Madison County Board on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by a vote of 26-1. Don Moore was the only Madison County Board Member opposed to the reform.
“Madison County residents should be ashamed of Don Moore for supporting the use of their tax dollars to award severance pay and benefits to convicted criminals,” said Rep. Charlie Meier. “Why does he support rewarding a severance package and benefits to political insiders convicted of a crime? 26 county board members voted in favor of the reform. This was poor judgment by Moore. Thankfully the resolution passed despite Moore being the only vote against this anti-corruption reform.”
According to the resolution approved Wednesday night, “In the event an Appointed Official or Department Head is convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment of more than one year, or a crime of dishonesty or deceit, then the Appointed Official or Department Head may be terminated by the Chairman and County Board for cause without notice. The termination of the Appointed Official or Department Head shall be effective immediately upon approval of a Resolution by the Board terminating the employment. Further, and under such circumstances, the Appointed Official or Department Head shall not be entitled to any severance or benefits, save those that are required to be provided or offered by State, or Federal law.”
The resolution to remove the requirement to award severance pay and benefits to Madison County political hires convicted of a crime can be found on page 19 enclosed.