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Supervisors take exception to personnel matter

Mathews County supervisors Paul Hudgins and Jackie Ingram got a bit testy with their fellow board members during Tuesday’s meeting, questioning two items that were before the board for action.

The two supervisors took exception to a resolution commending former Technology Director Chuck Huntley and seeking to establish an agreement with his new employer, Essex County, so he can continue providing services to the county on a shared basis. Hudgins said they hadn’t been informed that Huntley was leaving until he was already gone, and that the county hadn’t advertised to replace him.

Hudgins said further that they had received an email from chairman Mike Rowe concerning the reasons Huntley had said he was leaving, including that groups of citizens had been harassing employees. He said the claim had no merit, and that the email should have been kept within the board and not “shared with 25 people with county email accounts.” He also objected to the fact that Huntley still had a count...

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