In April 10 IssueRussell County News
The Russell County Judge Executive has been charged with two misdemeanor offenses in connection with an argument several months ago between the Judge and County Attorney.
County Attorney Mark McGaha has sworn-out criminal complaints against Judge Executive Mickey Garner, charging Garner with “Menacing” and “Disorderly Conduct”.
The charges stem from an argument between Garner and McGaha which took place on December 14th in McGaha’s office.
The two were in disagreement over a proposed ordinance creating the position of “Alcohol Beverage Control Administrator” as a result of November’s wet-dry election in the Jamestown area. McGaha was quoted in the December 17th issue of The Times Journal as saying Garner came into his office, knocking things from his desk, and using profanity”.
A week later, Garner stated “he had said some things he shouldn’t have” but said “there was more to the story”.
Cumberland District Judge Steve Hurt has been appointed to serve as “special judge” in the case and Judge Hurt did sign McGaha’s complaints yesterday afternoon and issued “criminal summons” for Garner on the two “Class B Misdemeanor” charges.
Jamestown Attorney Jeff Hoover is representing Judge Garner in the matter and in a prepared statement on behalf of Garner which was released yesterday afternoon, Hoover said “It is unfortunate that the County Attorney has chosen to file charges just a few weeks before the primary election over an incident he claims occurred more than three months ago”. Hoover said
“Judge Garner has been very open and forthcoming about the matter and gave an extensive interview to the media several months ago and that Garner will aggressively defend these allegations”.
Garner is scheduled to appear to answer to the charges in Russell District Court on April 22nd at 10 a.m.