- The Lee County Appraisal District Board
met on Friday, November 5, 2004 in a meeting that started at 9 a.m. with public input, then went directly into Executive Session that lasted almost seven hours.This meeting was a result of the regularly scheduled meeting held the week before in which the board unexpectedly fired Chief Appraiser Amelia Stayton, the Board Chairman Dorothy Brademan resigned and Administrative Assistant Penney Oppermann gave verbal notice of her intent to resign.
The reason for the November 5 meeting was to formally terminate Stayton
termination in the previous meeting had not been listed on the agenda.
The only item that was handled before the board went into Executive Session was public input.Stayton and several employees of the Lee County Appraisal District
spoke.Lynette Green, Deputy Chief Appraiser, Cheryl Jurk, Appraiser, and Penney Oppermann spoke in support of Stayton and against the manner in which the Board handled her termination.
said, "I want my dismissal to be held in a public meeting as opposed to an Executive Session and I want to know the reason for my termination."At that point, the Board's attorney suggested to Doug Spacek, acting Chairman of the Appraisal Board, that they go into Executive Session for attorney advice before going into public session to handle the termination of Stayton
Prior to the vote, an amendment was offered by Fred Jones, which would have placed Stayton
on probation for six months, with monthly reporting to the Board being required on (unspecified) job duties and requirements.
also pointed out that the newly selected Chief Appraiser was hired at a salary of $50,000 per year while her
(Stayton's) salary was $48,000. Her
written statement regarding her
actions after the Lee County Appraisal District Board of Directors' meeting on November 5 at approximately 3 p.m. is as follows: