Council Apologizes

April 17, 1991

After apologizing to Human Rights Commission Chairman Roger W. Joneson Monday night, the County Council voted, 5-0, to reappoint him to the commission.

The council had tabled the Jones nomination April1 because members wanted to talk with him about his allegations thatgovernment officials were thwarting the aims of the commission by severely cutting its budget.

Jones had been invited to a council work session but never got the message. The council routinely tables nominations when nominees don't appear before it.

Jones learned while watching a live cablecastof the April 1 council meeting that his nomination had been put off.He took the action as a personal affront, telling his board April 4 that he thought the council was trying to censor him and that he "hadabout 90 percent decided to resign."

On Monday, council Chairman C. Vernon Gray, D-3rd, apologized to the absent Jones, saying the council had meant no disrespect to him.

Gray said the council would like to meet with the commission to discuss Jones' allegations. Jones could not be reached for comment about the apology and his reappointment.

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