As I went out of the commission chambers, I met County Clerk Paige Dukes and I asked her about being moved to the back of the room. She said she didn’t know anything about it and had only over heard “them” talking about it before the meeting.
There was no indication who “them” was. She suggested that I clarify with the Chairman.
I went back into the Commission Chambers and asked Chairman Paulk to clarify, where would this area be and would it be only for press or even for citizens with cameras. He said it would be for everyone with cameras and that “some people” found it distracting to have cameras in the audience.
Again, it was not clear to me who the “some people” are.
The area he indicated in the back of the room is a small alcove where there is no seating. And he said that if any camera crews from TV stations came, they would also have to be in that area.
I mentioned to him that the audio in the back of the room is poor and one of the reasons I had moved from the second last row to the second from the front, is because the audio is much better in the front. He suggested that I talk to Aaron Kostyu the IT director.
Apparently the commissioners talked about this at their retreat in the spring (I missed that meeting). I guess we’ll see.