Thursday, June 11, 2015
Bartosh to KZRG: Legal action won't stop us; we're appointing board members
A special meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in the Jasper County Courthouse, in which replacements for Lane Roberts, Randy Steele, and Mike Landis will be appointed and sworn in, just two days after Prosecuting Attorney Dean Dankelson said that Steele and Landis' resignations were official, whether they had been accepted by the board or not, because the law gives them the "right to resign."
The petition for a writ of mandamus, filed Wednesday in Newton County Circuit Court asks the judge to order the installment of Jim Kimbrough on the R-8 Board, saying that when the Board voted 3-2 in favor of Kimbrough at a May 29 special meeting, that was enough to make Kimbrough the legitimate choice.
Shortly after that meeting, Landis resigned, saying that he wanted the choice of new board members handed off to the Commission, a sentiment that was echoed by board member Lynda Banwart.