Franklin Co. Board of Commissioners Spar over Training

September 16, 2013

Franklin County Commission Chair Thomas Bridges is touting the accomplishments of the new board of commissioners so far this year – that after heated discussion with Commissioner Clint Harper over whether the county should pay for Bridges and one new commissioner to become state certified board members.

At their meeting earlier this week, Harper read what will become a monthly report by him on commissioners’ spending.

Harper said in July, Bridges and Commissioner David Strickland spent a total $979 on travel and $700 on training.

Thomas said the training is required by the state.

“Our training is coming along really nicely,” Bridges said. “Our training is coming along really nicely. My training is about three – quarters of the way through. The State requires we take a number of core courses.”

But Harper disagreed saying said it was not necessary for new board members to have extensive training.

“It’s not required. I just want to clarify that we have no requirements mandated to take any more than the three-day initial training courses. If you want to be certified, you can take more courses, but it’s not required,” Harper said.

Bridges said as of July 1st the State requires the added classes.

Commissioner David Strickland is also taking extra training.

Bridges said so far this year, he and the board of commissioners have managed to save the county over $250,000 since January.