Pat Cotham

Mecklenburg Commissioners Leake, Cotham Battle Over Prayer

May 19, 2015
Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer

They started as allies, even friends. Then they had a high profile falling out. Now Mecklenburg County commissioners Pat Cotham and Vilma Leake are at odds again, this time over prayer.

In separate interviews with the Observer, the two Democrats used harsh words to describe each other’s behavior.

Ben Bradford / WFAE

The new session for the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners kicked off Monday evening, but it was old divisions that dominated the meeting—starting with the election of the board’s chairman.

In two weeks, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners will reconvene for a new session. Two new commissioners will sit at the dais at the Government Center, and they will need to pick a new chairman to lead them. The upcoming decision is reopening old wounds. 

Democrats will keep a 6 to 3 majority on the Mecklenburg County Commission. 

A meeting of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners Tuesday turned into a series of heated exchanges between commissioners with accusations of ethics violations, sexism and racism. It was the board’s first public meeting since it fired county manager Harry Jones.

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Lisa Miller

The new Mecklenburg County commission and county staff members haven’t gotten off to a good start.  Improving that rocky relationship was at the top of the agenda of a three day planning session that kicked off Wednesday.

Commissioners and County Manager Harry Jones are locked in a marriage of sorts.  Right now, it’s not a good one.  Everyone agrees communication could be a lot better.  For that reason, Jones decided the planning session would begin with a sit down.