Saturday, April 27, 2024

May 2 show cause hearing set for Newton County Commissioners

A 12 noon May 2 hearing has been scheduled in Newton County Circuit Court so county commissioners Alan Cook (pictured), Daniel Swem and David Osborn can show cause why they shouldn't be held in contempt for allegedly violating a June 15, 2022 ruling that ordered the commissioners to stop their efforts to control the discretionary money in the offices of Newton County Recorder Jennifer Childers and Treasurer Gina Rodriguez.

Online court records indicate the commissioners were served notice of the meeting Thursday.

The hearing will be conducted by 15th Circuit Court Judge Dennis Rolf, who made the 2022 ruling.

In the motion for contempt, which was filed April 11 in Newton County Circuit Court, Carthage attorney Bill Lasley, representing Childers, alleged Cook has been the ringleader in what he indicated were violations of the ruling.

More details about the contempt motion can be found in the link below.

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