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Mathews board splits on closed session legal matter

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors had its first split vote Tuesday as chairman Paul Hudgins sought to amend the agenda due to the resignation on Sunday of County Attorney Andrea Erard.

The board had been scheduled to hold a closed session in which it would have considered two items requiring consultation with legal counsel—an invoice from the Eubank family, which has been in litigation with the county for several years, and two lawsuits involving newly-elected supervisor Dave Jones—one a suit he brought against the county and the other the county brought against him. Without the attorney present, said Hudgins, those items could not be discussed. He said he would prefer to schedule a special meeting for the closed session.

Also on the agenda for the closed meeting was a discussion of Erard’s performance. Both Jones and supervisor Mike Walls argued that this matter did not require an attorney’s presence. However, supervisor Melissa Mason said that she wanted to discuss Erard...

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