By SEÁN O’DONOGHUE
HAMLIN - What at first glance appeared to be a routine hiring decision, descended into curt exchanges and a split Lincoln County Commission vote at last week’s regular session in Hamlin. The commission met for the penultimate time, this year, Thursday evening, December 4, 2014. The new business segment of the meeting, normally covered with one single motion for multiple items, included the following for Lincoln County Clerk Direl Baker’s office:
Motion to approve the hiring of Sarah Browning as a full-time Deputy Clerk effective December 19, 2014.
Usually, commissioners refrain from singling out items for separate consideration or omission. However,…