County Commission postpones decision on Nepotism policy

Push is back to June budget hearings and after this spring's primaries

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – This morning, the Hamilton County Commission took up a resolution to stop constitutional officers from using county funds to pay family members.

Commissioner Tim Boyd proposed the resolution and wanted to vote on the issue quickly.

But after questions from Commissioner Greg Martin and a 7-1 vote, the matter won’t be taken up until the June budget hearings.

The resolution is aimed at District Attorney General Neal Pinkston, who has his wife and her brother on his payroll.

The D-A is a constitutional officer who also gets state funding.

District 3 Commission Greg Martin said “I’m just saying..let’s do it later in June., in the budget time when it seems more appropriate because that’s what the commission deals with is the finances and the budget. I think that’s the time to table it and we can have a discussion at that time.”

Commissioner Boyd is now asking for an opinion from state officials on whether his resolution is in conflict with state nepotism laws.

The delay would also push the issue back past the primary for the District Attorney’s race this spring.

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