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Turmoil in Jefferson County government as county executive spars with council over hiring

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The Jefferson County Administration Center (Credit: KMOV) The Jefferson County Administration Center (Credit: KMOV)

HILLSBORO, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Accusations are flying Tuesday at the top of the Jefferson County government.

Questions are being asked about whether the county executive created a new job for a loyal friend.

"As a councilman, I have to scratch my head,” said Jefferson City Council President Don Bickowski. “I do not have clue what's going on here."

Bickowski says Jefferson County Executive Ken Waller pulled a fast one by hiring attorney Tony Dorsett to go to work in the County Collector's Office for $90,000 a year.

The hiring comes less than a month after Dorsett resigned as county counselor in a nasty budget battle between the council and the county executive.

"I think this was a position that was created to take care of somebody that has taken care of the county executive," Bickowski said.

Waller was not in his office Tuesday as he's out of town but commented the standoff is a political vendetta.

He says Dorsett was hired to fill a position which already exists and that spot was vacant. It's also a position that recovers delinquent taxes for the county, which is so important, according to Waller, it had to be filled quickly -

But Bickowski has his doubts.

“I think it's the county executive wanting to do what he wants to do and regardless of the desires of the council who the governing body is," he said.

The standoff is likely to continue until a new county executive is elected this fall.

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