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Commissioners refuse to discuss possible lawsuit
Commissioners refuse to discuss possible lawsuit

Local attorney Wayne Gifford may bring action against the county, but commissioners won't discuss the matter with him.
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Nov. 10, 2008) — Pulaski County faces possible legal action from local attorney Wayne Gifford, but at least one of the three commissioners refused to look at documents presented Monday morning at the county commission meeting.

Gifford requested a closed session to discuss legal matters, but Commissioner Dennis Thornsberry said he wouldn’t vote for a closed session.

“I don’t know why you’re here, but unless it pertains to something legal I’m not going into executive session,” Thornsberry said to Gifford.

Gifford presented documents explaining his position, but Thornsberry told his colleagues that he didn’t want a copy.

“I don’t want to read anything legal he has; he can take it up to the prosecuting attorney where it belongs,” Thornsberry said. “I’m not going to get involved in anything he’s doing; I’ll tell you. I’m smarter than that … You don’t know how d___ mean I can get.”

Gifford didn’t say much during the open session and left once the commissioners refused to vote for a closed session, but he told the commissioners that he wanted them to know what was coming.

“I’m getting ready to file a claim and it’s going to be coming here,” Gifford said.

“Until you file, Wayne, we’re not going to send anything to anyone,” said Presiding Commissioner Bill Ransdall.

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