Roland Says Burgess Shouldn't Vote On School Board Appointment

Roland Says Burgess Shouldn't Vote On School Board Appointment

People are preparing for a big political shoot out at the Shelby County Commission Corral.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - People are preparing for a big political shoot out at the Shelby County Commission Corral.

Next Monday is the first regular meeting run by new chairman James Harvey.

One of the votes commissioners will make will be to add somebody to the Shelby County School Board.

The fight is over who will be doing the voting and whether there is a conflict of interest.

Melvin Burgess works full time for the Shelby County School Board.

He has voted on school budgets before, saying as long as he announces where he works everything will be ok.

But commissioner Terry Roland said it makes no difference what he says, it is not just right.

“This is totally illegal. And if it is not illegal, it's immoral,” Roland said. “This is not about Terry Roland getting back at Melvin Burgess or nothing like that. Nothing like that at all.”

Maybe not, but these two guys don't play miniature golf together.

Roland has argued that burgess shouldn't vote on budgets, or any issues concerning the Shelby County School Board because Burgess happens to work for the County School Board.

Commission members voted this past Wednesday to send down a list of potential candidates.

Roland is the same guy who also filed an ethics complaint against commissioner Sidney Chism, again for conflicts of interest. And when they meet on Monday and appoint somebody to the school board, Roland says no way should Burgess be involved with that.

“I do know for a fact that its not right for somebody that works for the school system, and who's a county commissioner to be able to pick his own boss that could possibly up his salary,” Roland said.

Local 24 reached out to commissioner Melvin Burgess, but he never returned the call.
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