By Jean A. Flanagan
Hardy County Commissioner A. J. Wade called for the immediate resignation of Commissioners William “JR” Keplinger and J. Michael Teets at the meeting of the County Commissioner held Tuesday, Sept. 16.
“Commissioner Teets often speaks of making good decisions and doing what is best for the people of Hardy County,” Wade said in a prepared statement. “He probably believes the decisions made and actions taken by himself and Commissioner Keplinger are good for the county. I disagree.”
Wade went on to say if Teets and Keplinger resigned, there would be three new commissioners come January.
“We’ve lost the trust of the people,” he said. “There is a huge credibility gap between this commission and the citizens of the county which will only be closed when we have new commissioners.”
Wade was referring to the debacle that has come as the result of the commission’s handling of the emergency ambulance issue in the county. The commission voted to impose an ambulance fee and purchase a building in Baker to house the ambulance authority. Wade voted against both measures.