Emails to and from Madison County development director suggest conflict

Communications between Madison County Community Development Director Kristen Poshard and county Administrator Doug Hulme broke down in the weeks before she was placed on paid administrative leave, according to emails released under a Freedom of Information Act request.

The two have not had a conversation since June 7, according to emails released by the county. Poshard was placed on administrative leave last week.

Hulme, in one email, stated he needed Poshard to call to resolve union grievances that were filed in the Community Development Department, as well as with regard to an unspecified investigation.

Poshard, in a July 13 email to Hulme, stated: “To be clear, as I have stated many times, these personnel issues are all tied to millions of grant dollars. It is extremely hard to get these grants, but very easy to lose them. Your refusal to allow MCCD to stay in compliance with state and federal guidelines and recommendations has put us in a situation where we can potentially lose considerable dollars/jobs.”

Hulme responded, “I have not seen or talked to you since June 7 and that is a long time to be out of contact with you. I scheduled a meeting in advance for this last Wednesday at 1 p.m. You didn’t call me or attend the meeting. You…

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