County hears Rushing formally declines appointment
by Michele Longworth
Dec 12, 2012 | 1286 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Before even taking the office as Massac County Treasurer, Randall Rushing, who was appointed Nov. 27 by former chairman Billy Hillebrand, officially declined his appointment.

At Tuesday morning's commissioners meeting, Commission Chair Jayson Farmer shared with commissioners Jerel Childers and Jeff Weber he had received a letter at his home last week from Rushing, which stated that he has declined the appointment as treasurer. After publicly reading the letter a motion was made and passed to accept Rushing's letter declination letter.

Massac County Clerk John Taylor advised the board he would draft an official letter from the board to both the Constitution and Republican parties, to inform them of the vacancy in the treasurer's office as of Dec. 29.

Visiting the board briefly was Dana Jones, deputy treasurer, who distributed copies of a cover letter and resume to the commissioners, expressing again her interest in fulfilling the remainder of County Treasurer Floyd Sullivan's term when he retires on Dec. 28. Jones also informed the board she has sent her letter and resume to Massac County Democratic Party Chairman Mary Ruth Brannon, via certified mail.

Tim Pearcy, Massac County Constitutional Party Chairman, was also in attendance and informed the board the Constitutional Party has met and based on what Massac County State's Attorney Patrick Windhorst has said, it is his understanding that the Constitution Party could recommend a candidate, as long as that candidate is in the Democratic Party. He gave the board copies of a letter addressed to the board.

Pearcy said that he feels he is representing a faction of the people who have been disappointed with the way things have been handled in the past few weeks, but noted that the situation has seemed to have corrected itself.

In Pearcy's letter to the commissioners, he writes, "The retirement of Floyd Sullivan leaves you with a deputy treasurer with 13 years of experience in the treasurer's office and two very experienced co-workers in the same office. This affords the opportunity to appoint the deputy treasurer to fill the vacancy, while not filling the other position with a full-time employee."

According to Pearcy, the Constitution Party's recommendation for the vacancy is Dana Jones and also provided the board with another copy of her resume.

According to Pearcy there are people who are unable to make the meetings every Tuesday morning, "But that doesn't mean they don't care," he said, pointing out there are citizens in the county that realize the county cannot stay in the red and know the county cannot rely solely on state funding.

The letter goes on to say, "The Constitution Party does not have a horse in this race, but we do have the county's best interest in mind. Please do not let politics or cronyism deprive Massac County citizens of the opportunity to cut our expenses. We wish this new county board well and hope that you will not repeat the mistakes of the past and will pass a 2013 budget in a timely manner."

Farmer said if there are any other individuals within the Democratic Party interested in fulfilling the remainder of the term, they would have until Friday, Dec. 21 to turn in a cover letter and resume to the county clerk's office and to also notify the Massac County Democratic Party of their interest.

Sullivan was back at the commissioners meeting to bring the board the county's general fund balance, which is $36,038, after the county's payroll. But, Sullivan said it did not include the $20,000 in reimbursement from the County Highway Department.

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