Mayor says he will veto resolution10:11 am | January 23, 2013
It didn’t rise to the level of “trash talk,” but the county’s waste program was at center stage at the County Commission meeting Tuesday morning when the subject of landfill management came up.
By a vote of 17-5, the commission approved a resolution for a private act which, if approved by the state legislature, would transfer control of landfill operations from the county mayor’s office to the county’s Landfill Committee.
After the meeting, County Mayor Leon Humphrey said he intended to veto the resolution as soon as his office received it.
“This will be my first veto,” Humphrey said. “This one warrants it because I don’t think it’s being done for the right reasons.”
The resolution was proposed by Commissioner Sonja Culler, who said that she was responding to complaints she received from Landfill Director Benny Lyons about receiving unfair treatment from the mayor.
“There have been many times where the committee has talked about what a good job Mr. Lyons is doing,” Culler said.
“While he is trying to do his job, and is doing what the committee is asking him to do, the mayor is making him feel like he is not doing a good job and undermining his authority with his employees.”
After the meeting, however, Lyons said Humphrey has not criticized his job performance, but also acknowledged that he would prefer to answer to the committee.
“He’s never said I don’t do a good job,” Lyons said. “But ultimately, anything I do at the landfill has to go in front of the commission. So why not have them as my boss?”