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December 1, 2012

NARCOG committee holds special meeting on ‘security’

DECATUR — Members of the North-Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments (NARCOG) five-person executive committee met Friday afternoon for a meeting concerning what Executive Director Lona Johns referred to as, "security issues at the building."

Newly elected chairperson and Cullman County commissioner Stanley Yarbrough called the meeting to order by saying the committee has addressed several issues in the past and he wants to get NARCOG back on the right track.

"I hope that we can put these issues out and let's get back to what NARCOG is here for, and that's to represent and help the seniors of the three counties. I think that's where our focus needs to be," he said.

Since Wednesday's board of directors meeting, Yarbrough said he's received emails and phone calls that have bothered him and asked Johns to address the committee and let them know the purpose of the called meeting.

Johns replied, "We're talking about a part-time, temporary employee, so wouldn't this be necessary to go into executive session?"

The committee agreed, and met behind closed doors for roughly 30 minutes before adjourning.

None of the committee members would elaborate any further on what was discussed. Both Yarbrough and Johns did note that no decision was made concerning the employee.

"I'm just trying to protect the safety of our clients’ files and our employees," Johns said.

Johns added that another meeting would be held in the future.

* Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at agraves@cullmantimes.com

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