Last updated: August 14. 2014 1:26PM - 1326 Views
Ken Lynn

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I doubt if anyone was surprised to learn of Ashe County Commissioner, and self-proclaimed “sovereign citizen,” Gerald Price’s recent arrest. But even I was dumbfounded by his latest idiotic court filing where he “denies his own existence.”

In his filing, Price (the non-person) is again bringing a frivolous lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Office.

In the long nightmare characterizing the county commissioners’ decision making in recent years, I didn’t think the commission could sink any lower than rock bottom; but it has. For the sake of their dignity, I beseech the other commissioners to immediately begin proceedings to remove this embarrassingly incompetent “public official” from the board.

Last year in a New Hanover County case, a superior court judge provided a road map in his ruling involving the removal of a commissioner from a county board. In that case, the judge reinstated the commissioner, but the judge ruled that an “amotion procedure,” which was used in the case, “remains a lawful procedure that may be utilized for the purpose of removing an elected official so long as such procedure includes notice and hearing and is based upon sufficient competent evidence demonstrating reasonable and just cause for removal.”

I suggest the commissioners consult with our county attorney and immediately begin amotion proceedings to remove Price.

Why is this self-admitted “non-person,” who has no respect for the county he’s been elected to serve, making decisions affecting the welfare of citizens and drawing a paycheck? Even if the proceeding is unsuccessful, at least the commissioners will be seen as having acted in the county’s interest.

Price lost in the primary and is term limited, but several months remain before his term expires. Image the further damage and embarrassment he can bring to the county if left in office.

Evoking the words of singer James Brown, “please, please, please” do the right thing for the people you were elected to serve.

Ken Lynn resides in Fleetwood and occasionally contributes a column to the Jefferson Post.

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