SEMINOLE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
SEMINOLE COUNTY COURTHOUSE, SECOND FLOOR, SUPERIOR COURTROOM
TUESDAY, JANUARY 20TH, 2015
The Seminole County Board of Commissioners held a Called Meeting on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 in the Superior Courtroom located on the second floor of the Courthouse. Those present were Chairman Chuck Orrick, Commissioner Roger Lane, Commissioner Darius Culverson, Commissioner Shelia Williams, and County Manager/Clerk Paula Granger. Vice Chairman Peterson was absent. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss staffing, specifically the replacement of Judge Sheffield, prompted by notification of his resignation.
Chairman Orrick called the meeting to order.
Commissioner Lane gave the invocation followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll call was conducted and a quorum was established.
County Manager Granger stated it was her understanding that Probate Judge Sheffield would be leaving. As of Friday, January 16, 2015, written notice of the resignation had not been submitted to Judge Bishop and she was not aware if it was submitted since then or not.
Chairman Orrick gave Judge Sheffield an opportunity to clarify the issue. Judge Sheffield stated he was there to observe. Chairman Orrick responded he didn’t know if it was speculative, a rumor, or anything like that. Judge Sheffield responded it was very speculative. Chairman Orrick stated the Board was trying to be prepared and asked Judge Sheffield if he had any advice. Judge Sheffield commented “if there is one person in the Courthouse who needs to make a decision, and that person could make a very foolish decision or a wise one, and I have worked very hard in getting some things to where they are at, and I’d hate to see it all thrown away, and so I don’t know what I’m going to do until I hear from somebody else because it scares the bejezzes out of me to be honest.” “It would be a sad day for Seminole County, and we’ve had some sad days.” Judge Sheffield stated he did not know what the meeting was about, he was told it was a staffing thing and he ought to be there. Commissioner Lane responded, “Judge Bishop said this Board had to set the salary for the interim Probate Judge in the event that there was a vacancy, but if you are not going to resign I don’t see that we have any business here today.” Judge Sheffield stated that would be right, it would be different than a staffing issue.
County Manager Granger responded compensation was part of the decision making process, to which Judge Sheffield responded that he had no doubt greed has powered many decisions in this world for a long time, to which Chairman Orrick responded he wasn’t sure that greed was the ultimate motive. Chairman Orrick stated questions were being asked regarding the election. Commissioner Williams commented if the judge instructed us to do something we needed to do it. Commissioner Culverson responded it was his understanding that Judge Sheffield had or would be resigning, and there was no need to continue until there was a vacancy or need for staffing.
County Manger Granger contacted Clerk of Superior Court, Mrs. Earlene Bramlett, and asked her to come to the courtroom. A recess was called until she arrived.
Commissioner Williams commented should there become a vacancy in the Probate/Magistrate office, and based on the directive from the Ga. code, Clerk Bramlett could be appointed to preside until the election. Commissioner Williams asked Clerk Bramlett should the office become available would she be willing to take over the position and run both offices. Clerk Bramlett responded she had not turned it down. Clerk Bramlett stated she had talked with Judge Bishop; however, it may be a moot point because a resignation letter had not yet been seen, however, she had not turned it down and she was considering it. Chairman Orrick stated his consensus was to wait until we hear back from Judge Sheffield. Clerk Bramlett responded whether she or another appointment was made, the Board needed to be ready.
A motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Lane. A second was given by Commissioner Culverson, all in favor, motion passed.
SEMINOLE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
PAULA GRANGER, CLERK
C E R T I F I C A T I O N
STATE OF GEORGIA
COUNTY OF SEMINOLE
I, Paula L. Granger, the duly appointed Clerk of the Board of Commissioners of Seminole County, Georgia, and keeper of the minutes in and for the said Board of Commissioners, do hereby certify that the attached constitutes a full, complete and correct copy of the original minutes of a Called Meeting held on January 20th, 2015, approved by the Seminole County Board of Commissioners at a Regular Meeting held on February 10th, 2015.
Given under my official signature and seal of office, on this the 10th day of February, 2015.
Paula L. Granger, Clerk of the Board of Commissioners of Seminole County, Georgia
(SEAL OF OFFICE)