Developing Story: JEDCO Board Meeting Blocked Council Attempt to Oust Richard Turner Also Fails

By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute Editor

Jefferson City Administrator Kevin Huckabee refused to open a Jefferson Economic Development Corporation board meeting Tuesday, saying the group’s bylaws required at least three board members to request the session.

Since all the JEDCO officers had completed their terms and left the board, Huckabee was charged with the task of presiding until the board could elect new officers.

Board members Richard Turner and Robin Moore had posted notice of the meeting to elect officers and approve the minutes of the previous meeting.

“The by-laws require that at least three board members ask for the meeting,” Huckabee said later. “So, I refused to open the meeting.” Several board members were unavailable Tuesday.

Earlier, during the City Council meeting, two aldermen attempted to remove Turner from the JEDCO board.

The action followed a Council executive session to consult with their attorney.

Alderman Jim Finstrom moved to remove Turner from the JEDCO board. Turner, a former alderman, had been appointed to the board in June by Mayor Bubba Haggard.

The council voted two in favor of removing Turner and two were opposed. Mayor Haggard abstained.

The JEDCO board oversees the distribution of economic development sales tax money.

 

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