MADISON — Boone County Commissioner Craig Bratcher questioned the promotion of an employee to office supervisor during the Boone County Commission’s regular session on Nov. 5.
In October, Boone County Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Mahorn promoted the then Operations Supervisor Arch Griffith to the position of deputy director, which created a vacancy in the agency.
“I would like to recommend Michelle Arthur for the position of operations supervisor,” said Mahorn. “She has 17 years experience total with us, with 11 fulltime previously, and she gained management experience, something we can use and need there. She came back part-time and has helped us in several pinches when we needed her as a part-time employee. That is my recommendation for that position.”
Bratcher then addressed Mahorn.
“As far as the employee that we talked about, Jackie Hayes, he does have more time than she does,” Bratcher said. “Is that correct?”
Mahorn then responded, “He does have more full-time status than she does, but overall she had two years extra and during those interviews I felt that the answers to those questions we posed to those employees (that) she was the better candidate out of that. I don’t want to speak ill of anyone in a public comment session. It wasn’t an easy decision.”
Bratcher then said, “The only thing that I have a little bit of … I’ll say that I’ve never been around him in his day-to-day performance,” he said.
Mahorn then explained, “One of the big responsibilities and one of the questions I asked was there may be times when employees call in and in the pecking order you’re the next one up to bat when we need someone to fill a position and I’m not downing any person whatsoever in this courthouse but when a secretary calls in that day they are just out that day. Down there, someone has to be there 24 hours a day seven days a week answering those phone calls. One of the questions I asked was, how willing are you to be here? How dedicated are you and do you know this is a qualification for this position?”
Mahorn continued, “Without hesitation she said that was fine and both times the other individual had hesitation and I observed comments about that.”
The Commission approved the hiring with a motion by Commission President Eddie Hendricks and a second vote from Commissioner Craig Bratcher.
The promotion will go into effect on Nov. 16.
The Boone County Commission meets again at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 in the Boone County Courthouse Annex in commission chambers on the third floor.
Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-307-2401.