The Pulaski County Commissioners this week offered a public apology to an employee who had undergone a traumatically embarrassing experience, after the commissioners had acted on some erroneous information. Commissioner Larry Brady read aloud a statement from the commissioners, apologizing to Christine Chapman and her family for any embarrassment suffered from “events involving her” last week.
Brady said Chapman had done nothing wrong and the misunderstanding was the result of incorrect information provided by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, claiming that Chapman had a criminal history that she had not revealed to the county.
Brady said this information turned out to be in error, and Chapman had no such criminal history. Chapman was embarrassed at having been wrongfully accused and Brady said the commissioners share that embarrassment, but he commended her on handling the situation professionally.
There was no good excuse for making this error, Brady said, and the commissioners were relying on information that had been provided with no reason to question its validity.
“As commissioners, we strive to do the best job we can for the taxpayers. Sometimes decisions must be made on very short notice, and unfortunately, mistakes are sometimes made. We hope Christine will accept our apology for this misunderstanding,” Brady said.