Jones brought up her amendment at tonight’s meeting, during which the board discussed other personnel policy amendments. Her motion failed 3-2. Board chairman David Gantt voted with Jones for it, while commissioners Bill Stanley, K. Ray Bailey and Carol Peterson voted against.
Jones has been persistent in her questioning of county personnel policies, including county pay plans for employees and county pay for commissioners. Mountain Xpress has background here. And here’s a few tweets from Xpress reporter Jake Frankel, who covered the meeting:
Aaron Sarver notes that without change, a county employee can be legally fired for no other reason than they’re gay.
Stanley fires back that the county doesn’t fire people because they’re gay. Sarver: that’s great, but we need legal protection
Jones makes motion to add gender/orientation to personnel policy. Gantt seconds.
However, Peterson requests more info on legal ramifications. Bailey wants to know about cost. Board goes in to closed session.
Commish back from closed session. Jones says this “is very important civil rights issue.”
Jones: I don’t see any legal or financial issues that should keep us from amending policy.
Amending county personnel ordinance to include orientation/gender protection fails 3-2. Jones and Gantt vote in minority