Covington was upset at the commission meeting explaining that she did not get to be the county’s voting delegate because she was unable to get credentials for voting.
At a session where the voting took place, Covington was not present; and since Dillman was in the session, she voted as the alternate.
Covington said she was led by Dillman to believe there was a mix-up in credentials and did not get to the voting session in time to vote.
Dillman said the N.C. officials at the NACO meeting had for some reason picked up the Richmond County credentials before they could get them. Covington said the state officials were out of line in doing so.
Covington accused Dillman of taking advantage of the mix-up to get to vote for a NACO candidate for whom she said Dillman had been campaigning at prior meetings.
She complained publicly at the meeting about Dillman’s actions saying it was part of “You and your ego.”
Dillman said when officials at the voting session asked for a Richmond County vote, Covington was not present, and she said officials asked her to vote, which she did.
“I had nothing to do with any of that,” Dillman said.
Covington rebuffed her remark saying, “You told me we were not registered to vote.”
Covington made a motion to be allowed to attend a meeting of state commissioners in Hickory as a voting delegate instead of Dillman. Dillman volunteered to attend at the July meeting.
Commissioner Paul Wilson Jr. gave a second to the motion, all commissioners except Dillman voted to accept it.
Other agenda items at Monday’s meeting included:
n Commissioners approved $56,623 in change orders for construction at the new judicial center.
n A public hearing for the naming of a new road off U.S. 1 North in Hoffman was set for Sept. 8. County offices will be closed Sept. 7 to observe the Labor Day holiday.