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County attorney declares Morrow lawsuit ‘without merit’

Mathews County Attorney Andrea Erard has released a statement responding to a lawsuit brought against the board of supervisors last week by former chair G.C. Morrow, who claims his removal was illegal. The three supervisors who voted for his ouster on Oct. 7 have also released a statement addressing their action.

Erard said that the lawsuit filed on Morrow’s behalf is “without merit” and that she’s “confident that the matter will be dismissed by the court in favor of the board.”

Although the lawsuit claims that the only way a board chairman can be removed is through death, resignation or election, Erard said that “if you are elected as chair by a motion, you may also be removed as chair by a motion.”

If the board chairman were elected to that position by a vote of the citizens, such as the mayor of a city, she said, removal would require a vote of the citizens. But in Mathews and other similar counties, she said, “you have no inh...

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