Contract disagreement causes heated discussion at fiscal court

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — There was a heated back and forth at the McCracken County Fiscal Court meeting Monday night over a consultant’s contract.

The county commissioners voted for Judge Executive Craig Clymer to hire Scott Darnell as an economic development consultant when his contract with Paducah Economic Development ended.

During Monday’s meeting, County Commissioner Bill Bartleman said he expected Clymer to come back to the commission and get their approval on a contract. That didn’t happen.

Bartleman said he felt mislead, and he wouldn’t have voted in favor of a two-year contract.

A motion was made to draw up a new, six-month contract for Darnell to sign — or the court would terminate the deal.

“I think we’re making an incredible mistake, not only legally, but really morally to take an action like that,” Clymer said. “When the simple solution is simply review the contract in six months.”

Bartleman’s motion failed on a tied vote, so Darnell’s contract remains valid — 24 months, $65 an hour, with no cap in pay.

The county does have the right to terminate the contract for any reason with a 30-day notice.