VOL. 133 | NO. 93 | Wednesday, May 9, 2018
County Veto Override Turns Into Do Over
By Bill Dries
Shelby County commissioners put off any vote Wednesday, May 9, on overriding a veto by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell because the commission office delivered the wrong version of the resolution passed in April that Luttrell vetoed.
The resolution renewed the appointment of Julian Bolton as the county’s legislative policy advisor. But there were amendments made with the passage by the commission that were not in the version Luttrell vetoed.
The result is Luttrell vetoed a resolution the county had not passed.
Luttrell and the commission have clashed repeatedly on the general idea of the commission hiring its own attorney. Bolton, a former county commissioner, is an attorney.
Bolton was first appointed as an advisor during commissioner Terry Roland’s tenure as chairman.
Commission chairwoman Heidi Shafer said the commission will consider a new resolution at its regular Monday meeting that includes the amendments and possibly some new changes to it. If it passes, the commission would then deliver that to Luttrell.
“We want to give him a fair opportunity,” Shafer said of Luttrell and what is referred to as a “scrivener’s error.”
Shafer said the error is an “unusual situation.”
County attorney Kathryn Pascover said the earlier unamended version of the resolution “does not reflect the will of the body as voted on at the time.”
If the commission approves a revised version, Luttrell would then have 10 days to sign the resolution, veto it or allow it to take effect without his signature. If Luttrell were to veto a resolution, the commission would then have 30 days to act on any motion to override the veto. An override would take nine votes on the 13-member body.