Former Massac County treasurer Sharon Glass formally addressed the Massac County Board of Commissioners during Tuesday morning's meeting as she read a letter she had composed to the board regarding last week's appointment of Randall Rushing as county treasurer to replace Floyd Sullivan when he retires Dec. 28.
Glass began by saying she had heard about the hubbub concerning the appointment and said there are many people in the county who are upset by it and she decided she could not just sit back and say nothing. "To keep silent, I could not," she said.
"I certainly have nothing against Mr. Rushing, nor do I question his qualifications to do this job," she said, pointing out she has known him and his family for a long time. "What I do question is the board's procedure and you, Mr. Chairman, as to the procedure as to which you appointed him to the position of county treasurer," she said, also noting the letter is addressed to former county commissioner Billy Hillebrand, who was not at the meeting because newly elected county commissioner Jeff Weber was officially sworn in Tuesday morning.
Glass said she is disappointed with the Massac County Democratic Party and feels the party has completely ignored the treasurer's office. Glass served as county treasurer for 27 years and feels the deputies in the office are well-qualified to finish Sullivan's term out, and then she suggested those who are interested in the office could declare their politics and run for office.
"Dana Jones has the experience, Mr. Rushing does not," she said, also reminding the board that all of the county offices are important, but it is the treasurer's office and county clerk's office that are responsible for maintaining all the paperwork for the county.
According to Glass, a Democrat who was interested in the position approached her and she advised that person to talk to Sullivan and the Democratic Party Chairman Mary Ruth Brannon. There were other people interested in the position, but as Glass stated, the Democratic Party did not hold a meeting to present all of the people who were interested in finishing the term. She even asked Childers, who is a Democrat, if he was aware of any meetings that were held and he said he was not. In fact, she said there were other resumes that were turned in, but those resumes did not make their way to the commissioners.
She went on to say she had tried calling Brannon, but never received a return phone call. Glass also gave the board a copy of a letter she has written to every Democratic Precinct Committeeperson concerning the protocol of how the vacancy was handled.
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