Commissioners Pangerl, Hallan Discuss Controversial Vote On Tuesday Night (Audio)
During Tuesday night’s meeting of the Pine County Board, a controversial topic came up for discussion. In a document provided to us by the Pine County Sheriff’s office we learned of a woman named Carrie Major, who stated that after a 2005 arrest, her vehicle was impounded by the Pine County Sheriff’s office and was later sold without her permission.
The document states that Ms. Major filed a claim in District Court to have her vehicle returned and in 2007 she won a judgement ordering that the vehicle be returned or compensation be made. Sheriff Robin Cole stated in this document that Ms. Major had approached then Sheriff Mark Mansavage in 2007 about this matter and that Mansavage refused to honor the judgement and pay her the $1225 according to the judgement.
On Tuesday night a vote took place in which this topic was the central issue. Commissioner Mitch Pangerl voted to pay Major the money the judgement said she was owed. Commissioner Pangerl spoke with our Jesse Logan about the topic and said that the County Attorney had advised the board that “this was a liability if (the board) didn’t pay it.” Pangerl also said the County Administrator said “this is just going to go back in the file where it’s been the last five years.”
Pangerl said a motion was made to deny the claim, and although a majority went the opposite direction, he voted against it. Pangerl said he believed the board’s vote violated Ms. Major’s 7th Ammendment rights.
Here is Pangerl’s entire interview with our Jesse Logan.
When reached for comment, Commisioner Steve Hallan declined to go on air but said that he believed the vote had more to do with who would pay the claim, not whether the claim would be paid. Hallan said that since the the Sheriff’s Office received the monies from the sale of the vehicle initially, he believed the money should come out of the Sheriff’s $8 million budget.
According to all parties, the judgement has been signed by Judge James Reuter.
Commissioner Hallan said he believes the matter will be resolved at the next board meeting and also noted that he believes the bigger issue at the board meeting the other night revolved around the out-of-state trip expenses approved by Sherriff Cole that weren’t approved by the board.