County Commissioner Chandler Comments on Termination of County Employee
By C. Lawrence
In November of 2019, concerns were raised by locals after the firing of county employee, Chad Brock. Many people felt that the decision to fire Brock was done abruptly and without proper procedure. Commissioners were accused of breaking state law by taking an action without having the item listed on the meeting agenda.
Washington County Planning and Zoning administrator, Chad Brock, was terminated from his position on November 18th, 2019, without a public notice. Concerned citizens have claimed that this decision was a violation by commissioners by not abiding by the Open Meeting Law. Commissioner Chandler stated in an interview that there has been a misunderstanding.
Chandler stated that the Planning and Zoning administrator is hired by the commissioners to work for them as an administrator and with a committee. Brock was hired “to do what the commissioners ask him to do,” claimed Chandler. According to Chandler, Brock is claiming reasons for his termination that are not accurate. Chandler explained that over the span of a year and a half, commissioners tried to work with Brock to work things out but were unable to do so. “Chad Brock was terminated due to personnel issues, not the reasons he is claiming,” Chandler stated. Public notice and public opinion is not required by law to terminate the person in this position. According to the Idaho Statutes Title 67 – Chapter 65, “Members may be removed for cause by a majority vote of the governing board,” (ID Code 67-6504). The Open Meeting Law does not pertain to matters of terminating employees of the commissioners, explained Chandler.
Under the advisement of the Idaho Attorney General, Washington County commissioners admitted to a fault and moved to “cure the violation” on February 18th, 2020, making the decision to terminate Brock null and void. All were in favor. Commissioner Chandler then moved to ratify the termination as of November 18th, 2019. During the vote, Commissioner Collini seconded the vote. Commissioner Marvin voted in opposition to the motion. With two in favor and one opposed, the meeting was closed without public comment or testimony.