The acting Clerk of Council has been out on sick leave for a while. DD has taken it upon himself to replace her with a person of his choosing from his legal department. Although DD claims this person was put in place only on a temporary basis, her former position in the legal department has been posted as a vacant position to be filled.
This action is in direct violation of State Law.
SECTION 4‑9‑110. Council shall select chairman and other officers; terms of office; appointment of clerk; frequency and conduct of meetings; minutes of proceedings.
The council shall select one of its members as chairman, except where the chairman is elected as a separate office, one as vice‑chairman and such other officers as are deemed necessary for such terms as the council shall determine, unless otherwise provided for in the form of government adopted. The council shall appoint a clerk to record its proceedings and perform such additional duties as the council may prescribe. The council after public notice shall meet at least once each month but may meet more frequently in accordance with a schedule prescribed by the council and made public. All meetings shall be conducted in accordance with the general law of the State of South Carolina affecting meetings of public bodies. Special meetings may be called by the chairman or a majority of the members after twenty‑four hours' notice.
The council shall determine its own rules and order of business. It shall keep a journal in which shall be recorded the minutes of its proceedings which shall be open to public inspection.
Now, you low information voters out there may be wondering why this action by DD should amount to a hill of peas. Well, there are some important issues connected to who controls the Clerk's office.
- Does anyone recall the "burn your house down" issue? There are controversial minutes connected to that.
- Does anyone recall the Accommodations Tax Board issue? There's jail-time connected to that.