WELCH - The McDowell County Commission hopes to hire back some of the people who they previously had to lay off, but community members said they suspect foul play.
After several county employees were laid off last year, the McDowell County Commission said they have money in the budget to hire some of these people back. Citizens said the reason for the layoff has always been political and they do not see all offices being restored due to favoritism among the commissioners.
President of the Commission said Thursday’s meeting was postponed, but they do plan to address this issue in the near future. The husband of a woman who was laid off from the county said he knows his wife won’t get her position back because of who she has politically supported in the past.
President Gordon Lambert said, "we'd hope we could bring them all back. We may just have to look at it, see where our finances are and see what positions are critical to be brought back immediately or what can wait."
"She knew several months ahead of time that she would be laid off. She knew that bc she was approached about voting for a commissioner that she did not support and she flat out told them that she wouldn't vote for him and so then she knew it would just be a matter of time until she would be laid off or fired,” said Randall Patton.
The Commission will address this issue on July 23rd during their next regular meeting.