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District Attorney General Tommy Thompson told The Wilson Post Tuesday morning that he hopes to have a report regarding a 24-page ethics complaint filed against members of the Wilson County Commission two weeks ago soon.

The 24-page complaint filed by Harold “Butch” Huber of Mt. Juliet alleges that “one or more persons are likely guilty of crimes against the administration of government, as well as other possible crimes, including, but not limited to, Official Misconduct, TCA 39-16-402, Official Oppression, TCA 39-16-403, and/or Misuse of Official Information 39-16-404.”

The heart of the matter surrounds the question of individual commissioners continuing to serve on the commission when they have moved out of their district, which is a violation of state law.

“Members shall reside within and be qualified voters of the districts that they represent,” so reads the statute governing county commissions. State law does not provide for any punishment for a commissioner who does not follow the law.

The complaint also states that Huber believes “that one or more public officials, and possibly county employees, have been guilty of dereliction of duty and are therefore subject to ouster from office or dismissal from employment pursuant to TCA 8-47-101.”

Thompson said Tuesday morning he and his staff worked over the weekend, Monday and “we’ll work on it again today. We’ve interviewed the people involved, and hope by the end of the week to have a report to send back to the Ethics Committee.”

The Post has submitted via email several questions to Ethics Committee Chair Frank Bush of District 8 and Huber, and hopes to have those answers for a follow-up story on Friday.

Amelia Morrison Hipps is a correspondent with The Wilson Post. She may be contacted at www.downhomepolitics.com.

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