Rutherford County Commissioners approve changes to information policy

Jan. 07, 2013 @ 08:48 PM

The Rutherford County Commission may have created some finality to its ongoing issue regarding information requests from Commissioners.

During its regular meeting Monday, commissioners approved policy augmentations that include giving all Commissioners information requested by one member of the Commission and allowing the County Manager to report any requests that may "substantially alter the workload" of a county employee.

Rutherford County Manager Carl Classen said that the new changes create equality among all the commissioners. "You are a body of five and, if we give it to one, we give it to all five," Classen said. "That way no one is surprised by what information is being requested and what is given."

However, Commissioner Bo Richard — who has made three different information requests over the last two months — said that sharing the information was not necessary.

"We each need to have the right to work on our own projects," Richard said. "If the Chairman is working on something, he can give it to me when he wants to."