The Pulaski County Commissioners last night fell into a heated discussion regarding a business run by Commissioner Tracey Shorter. Commissioner Terry Young questioned Shorter about the business after a claim was submitted for $975 from “Families First,” the business run by Shorter out of her home. Young said he had received numerous complaints from taxpayers and he was asked to question her about it.
In addition, Young said he had heard that Shorter had an employee at the county home performing secretarial duties. Shorter admitted her employee had been at the county home, but she stopped working there about two weeks ago and she was not being paid for that; rather, she was only there to help with an event and she was not paid for her time.
Shorter said it was not a violation and she’s breaking no laws by running her own business. She said Families First is a business that provides a service mandated by the court, such as supervised visitation and other services.
Young stated that he thought Shorter’s business “doesn’t really exist,” and refused to approve her claim. Commissioner Larry Brady motioned to approve all claims, including the claim from Families First, but Young refused to second and Shorter abstained. Young, however, made a motion to approve all claims with the exception of the Families First claim. The motion passed.