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Kalamazoo County Vice Chair Tracy Hall explains reasoning for not destroying voicemail relating to White firing

Local Government

By Marian Johns | Jan 4, 2020


Vice Chair of the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners Tracy Hall wrote in a recent guest opinion column for MLive that her "gut feeling" told her it would be wrong to delete messages regarding the firing of county corporation counsel Beth White as suggested in a voicemail from Kalamazoo County Chairperson Julie Rogers. 

Hall says in her article that her desire to restore trust and moral clarity in government and elected officials prompted her to not delete the voicemail that was obtained under a Freedom of Information from MLive. In the voicemail, Rogers suggests Hall should delete any text messages regarding White's firing, according to a news report by MLive. 

"As an elected official, I listen to people every day sharing their hopes and dreams for the future, but more recently, sharing their fears about our government and the moral clarity of our elected officials," Hall wrote. 

"... While none of us has all the answers to restoring trust in government, greater transparency from our elected officials is the place to start," she stated in her column. 

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