MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. - Embattled Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger went before the county Board of Commissioners Tuesday to request $100,000 for attorney fees.
Instead, Spranger received a tongue-lashing from board members.
There are multiple lawsuits going on with Spranger, the biggest of which she filed against the county Board of Commissioners. In a countersuit from the Executive's Office, Spranger is being sued.
Spranger is also being sued by the employee's union, which is what brought her before the board on Tuesday.
In other words, Spranger is asking the same board she's suing to give her $100,000 to defend her in the separate lawsuit.
Board members were extremely frustrated with her answers, or lack thereof, as they put it, to their questions.
"So you can't go to corporation council because you're in litigation," Vice Chair Jim Carabelli said. "You can't go to the Executive's Office because you're in litigation. You're in litigation with this board, as well. You are confusing me and using crutches of trying to get something that you're looking for, and I am not sure what you're looking for. Do you realize you are also in litigation with us?"
"I do," Spranger answered.
"But yet you use that as an excuse for corporation council," Carabelli said. "You use that as an excuse for the Executive's Office. You're not clear enough to me to warrant any expenditures of taxpayers' dollars because, you know what, you are charged with the job, and you've got responsibilities. But within those responsibilities there are rules that you have to follow, and rules that are set up contractually. You might not like them, but you have to follow them."
Carabelli's statements were echoed by a few other board members. The meeting turned into a referendum on Spranger's job at times.
The Board said it wasn't satisfied that Spranger has done her due diligence to be asking for $100,000 in taxpayer money, so vote was 11-0 to deny her request.
There are 22 employee grievances that have been filed against Spranger. In the history of the county, according to the Board, there have been numerous grievances filed against employees, but none have ever been sided with by the county on the employee's side. All 22 have been sided with the employee against Spranger.
Full coverage of Karen Spranger
March 13, 2017: Spranger seeks lawyer for court battle with Hackel
June 28, 2017: Spranger's employees working in fear after security removed
Sept. 22, 2017: Spranger accused of moving, hiding computers overnight
Sept. 28, 2017: Judge rules against Spranger in 'toxic work environment' case
Oct. 25, 2017: Spranger caught on video covering up court order
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