County Counselor Longs for Hindsight on Contract

Jackson County Counselor Stephen Nixon tried to end a controversy over a consulting contract Monday.
He told County Legislator Dan Tarwater if he had to do it all over, he’d handle the deal differently.
“With 20/20 hindsight, I would have sent you all a copy the day I got it back, so you know it occurred. I did not do that. Hindsight tells me that would have been a good practice,” Nixon said.
Tarwater seemed to accept his explanation.
Last week, Tarwater first called for Nixon’s firing and then for his resignation.
Twarter can’t fire the County Counselor because he doesn’t work for the legislature.
The controversy surrounded a $60,000 six month contract with former Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders.
He is to be paid $10,000 a month over that period to work on obtain a right of way deal with the Union pacific railroad.
Sanders worked on that project for much of his nine as County Executive.
He resigned in January.
Tarwater raised flags about the contract.
Nixon said the contract was agreed upon in mid-January, but not posted in public until February 2..
”Which is, like 19 days later. I thought those things went down right away,” Tarwater said when questioning Nixon at Monday’s meeting.

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