Overton Officials Postpone Action On Anti-Nepotism Policy

Overton County commissioners hemmed and hawed over a proposal to prohibit the hiring of family members, but failed to pass it earlier this week, the Overton County News reports.

Among the commissioners’ concerns: whether the anti-nepotism policy had been explained to other elected county officials, how it would be enforced, and whether in a small, rural community the measure was practical.

“Overton County is a small county, and you know, 70 percent of Overton County is related, to some extent,” Commissioner Darwin Clark said during the Monday meeting. “I can see how this could apply to a larger population.”

Commissioner Ben Danner questioned enforcement of the measure: “Who would police it? I mean, are we going to have to look through every single applicant to see if they’re a cousin to somebody that’s in an office. … I don’t understand how we would.”

The proposal would prohibit supervisors from hiring relatives – which would include in-laws and step-children – and would cover the county agencies as well as “any office that receives total or partial funding” from the county, according to the News. The commissioners tabled the measure.