Williamson County’s Rogers Anderson “We Burnt The Biscuits” Mayor Explains Lapsed Contract Due To Negligent File Keeping

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Kelly M. Jackson] –

This week, Williamson County Commissioners held their monthly meeting, where on the agenda were items dealing with the appropriations of several items in the county budget, including services procured by Williamson County through Mayor Anderson’s office with Williamson Inc, a chamber of commerce affiliated non-profit.

The issue at hand, which drew several Williamson County citizens and taxpayers to the meeting to express their concerns, was the fact that based on the plain language in the contract, Williamson Inc was being paid by Williamson County even though the expiration date on the document showed an occurrence of last June 2023. 

At this week’s meeting the resolution to once again extend the contract with Williamson Inc was an agenda item to be discussed.

In front of a packed room, was an opportunity for public comment made available and several citizens stood before the County Commission and expressed their concern, disgust, and even disbelief that the executive branch of the county government could be so poorly managed at the expense of taxpayer dollars.

Brentwood resident Ira Weiss, conveyed concerns about Williamson Inc, and the effects of the growth they are taking credit for, stating, “outsourcing the economic development office with a contract with the chamber, whose best interests may not always align with the residents and taxpayers, required the chamber to bring in at least 25 relocation/expansion projects within each fiscal year and to grow the county job creation rate by 25% above the national average..essentially putting growth on steroids.” He continued, “This accelerated growth has negatively impacted the very things that attracted people and businesses that would grow the county at a more digestible and organic rate anyway.” 

Weiss then commented on the lack of a detailed account of all monies spent, which Williamson Inc is contractually obligated to provide, and haven’t, calling for an audit of the entire project, and no vote on the renewal of the contract. 

Other comments included the distortions that can be a product of the county being melded with the chamber of commerce in outsourcing the office of economic development to the chamber.

Chambers have historically been supported by the member businesses that belong to it, and not all businesses are a member of the chamber. To allow the chamber to determine an economic strategy on behalf of all taxpayers who include non-member businesses, could unfairly benefit only those businesses that are dues paying members. 

Primarily however, were the same concerns that The Tennessee Conservative reported on last week, that Mayor Anderson’s office continued to pay Williamson Inc for services under a contract that was expired without acknowledging this fact to the County Commission, since they are the governing body that controls the budgetary mechanisms and what gets spent where. 

As Franklin resident, and retired attorney Elise Ferrell said in her comments, “it is at best negligent and at worst, criminal”. 

When Mayor Rogers Anderson went to the podium to address this issue, he used the graphic from the previously released story from The Tennessee Conservative story and took issue with the headline, asserting that what was written was not factually correct. 

Anderson proceeded to give a timeline for the events which lead to this report and how the narrative explained in the previous article didn’t include all the “facts”. 

Anderson then explained that when D7 County Commissioner Chris Richards requested the contract, that he received the original contract and the “current” contract, which Richards responded to as stating that he noticed the expiration date on the “current” contract as last June, and also asked for a breakdown of the expenses Williamson Inc was obligated under the contract to provide. 

The mayor then explained that they communicated to Richards that they “were not able to locate a current renewal for the contract” but not to worry, that a new resolution would be brought to the County Commission to rectify the circumstances. 

Anderson then explained that since the inception of the partnership with Williamson Inc, 100% of the funds are “earmarked for salaries in the department of economic development at Williamson Inc”. 

It is worth noting that the language in the expired contract specifically states that the funds being paid are to be used directly for expenses that can be related explicitly to activities that produce “economic growth” and are NOT to be used for things like salaries. 

Anderson then stated that he was standing before the board to explain that the headline of the Tennessee Conservative article is “not completely true”. 

The reason given by Mayor Anderson, is because the board of Commissioners annually meet to adopt a budget, by an itemized resolution “for major categories and by individual fund accounts.”

Anderson then asserted that last year in the June meeting of the County Commission, where 20 members of the committee were present, each major category of the budget was presented including a category of “other general government” which included an item that was titled “other economic community developments’ with a $400,000 price tag, and that budget with those items were approved by the commission.

In other words, because the monies that would eventually be used to pay Williamson Inc, were approved within the budget in its entirety, that Mayor Anderson did have approval for the money to be spent, not really addressing the fact that the contract had expired. 

In the moment, it appeared to be more important to discredit the headline that exposed the gross mismanagement, even if only by what the Mayor sees as a small technicality. 

“The funding indeed, had your county commission approval”, said Mayor Anderson. 

He followed that with, “yes, we burnt the biscuits, the 5-year contract expired on 6/30/23, was inadvertently placed in 6/30/24 renewal folder. We have been operating under the belief that we had an agreement, which we don’t but we are working on that”. 

This led to questions by Commissioner Richards, asking if the implications would then be, just because the budget was approved, it gives the Mayor the authority to utilize the funds however he sees fit, even if it means it is through an expired contract which has thus far been proven to have been breached by Williamson Inc. in several respects, which would have given the county the ability to terminate the contract in its entirety. 

Richards asked, “Mayor, if what you just said is true, then we don’t have any role in approving the resolution, and since we approved the budget, then you can just go ahead and spend the money, is that correct? That this resolution is pointless?” 

Anderson then deferred to legal for the County Commission, who is appointed by the mayor’s office, explained that both entities were operating under the “mistaken impression” that they had a valid contract and were using it under an approved budget…which might explain why the contract lapsed without anyone noticing. 

But you would then have to set aside what has been called gross negligence on the part of the mayor’s office, because this explanation doesn’t address the laundry list of contract breaches by Williamson inc. Breaches  which should have caused the contract to cease, something that could not have been inadvertently overlooked as easily a filing error. 

Throughout the meeting, several citizens and even some of the County Commission, asked about a third-party audit, and whether that could be done.

A representative from Mayor Anderson’s office told the County Commission that there is one remaining quarterly payment of $100,000 that will be paid out on July 1st

However, even if the resolution passes for the upcoming year, that still means the remaining money is being paid out under what is universally acknowledged to be a breached, and expired contract. 

In such an instance, Williamson County would have every legal right to retain that money, with the contingency of  payment only after a third-party forensic audit of Williamson Inc and its expenditures be provided.  

The meeting went well into the night, with the appropriations portion taking up the majority of the meeting time. There was a motion to move the resolution that would extend the contract with Williamson inc to the front of the agenda, allowing for those who had already been waiting to see how the vote would go, but that motion was defeated by D7 Commissioner Tom Tunnecliffe, and D12 Commissioner Steve Smith. 

Ultimately at nearly 11PM when the resolution was finally proposed, another motion was made and passed, to defer it to June’s meeting for further discussion. The meeting was then adjourned. 

Citizens who stayed until the end, felt that they were being punished for attempting to take the mayor’s office to task and apply some accountability for what appears to be an egregious case of government mismanagement. And as the people in the room who actually pay for all of it, it was perceived as a proverbial slap in the face. 

See the meeting in its entirety, here or below.

The June meeting for the Williamson County Commission, where this issue will once again be revisited will be held on 6/10.  Citizen engagement is once again encouraged.

About the Author: Kelly Jackson is an escapee from corporate America, and a California refugee to Tennessee. Christ follower, Wife and Mom of three amazing teenagers, she has a BA in Comm from Point Loma Nazarene University, and has a background in law enforcement and human resources. Since the summer of 2020, she has spent any and all free time in the trenches with local grassroots orgs, including Mom’s for Liberty Williamson County and Tennessee Stands as a core member.  An outspoken advocate for parents rights, medical freedom, and individual liberty, Kelly also has a YouTube channel @Tennessee_Truth_Teller and is planning on expanding out to other channels soon. Kelly can be reached at kelly@tennesseeconservativenews.com.

6 thoughts on “Williamson County’s Rogers Anderson “We Burnt The Biscuits” Mayor Explains Lapsed Contract Due To Negligent File Keeping

  • May 15, 2024 at 3:41 pm

    I am starting to question the competence of this mayor who has held office for 20+ years. It might be prudent, as one of the commissioners suggested, to review all of the contracts currently being paid by Williamson County taxpayers, yes?

  • May 15, 2024 at 4:31 pm

    The Williamson County Commision is full of corrupt liars who routinely screw the taxpayers for the benefit of the WCC. Their personal finances need to be investigated thoroughly.

    Not only are they misusing taxpayer funds, they run 100% fake elections. They almost unanimously voted to have unauditable vote fraud machines run by an out of state, shadow money funded enterprise (ESS), rather than to have an auditable election run locally, and keep the funds local. The second option would reveal the rigging of our Williamson elections by criminal Jon Duda, and they can’t have that. This is after they already got caught having inexplicable, fake results from Dominion machines. That was caught only because there was an auditable paper trail. WCC/Duda’s solution? Get unauditable fraud machines, of course!

    These individuals are corrupt and criminal, and should be jailed.

    Steve Smith is a particularly weaselly little crook.

  • May 15, 2024 at 5:16 pm

    Great article Kelly. Thanks to you and TN Conservative News.

  • May 15, 2024 at 5:24 pm

    An article was published here on Monday May 13 about the $325 million jails proposed for Williamson County. If you haven’t heard about that, check out the article at https://tennesseeconservativenews.com/proposed-jail-in-williamson-county-to-be-most-expensive-in-tennessee-requiring-substantial-debt-or-property-tax-increase/

    It appears that the reason they want bigger jails is so they can house criminals from all over Middle TN. That’s discussed in the article linked above.

    What the Mayor is saying doesn’t make sense. Here’s an example >

    They say a new Jail is needed because > “The Jail is in bad shape.”
    Question > “Why is a new Adult Jail needed?”
    Answer > “Because it’s in bad shape.”
    Question > “Why can’t it be fixed?”
    Answer > “It has been damaged by the Rock Quarry blasting.”
    Question > “So where do you want to build the new one?”
    Answer > “In the same location as the old one.”
    Question > “But you said the Rock Quarry blasting damages the buildings.”
    Answer > “The architects said they can prevent that.”
    Question > “Are the architects willing to guarantee that?”
    Answer > “No.”
    >>> I’ve been told the architects will make a 6% fee on any money spent – if true, that could be $20 million.

  • May 16, 2024 at 2:07 am

    I do not know if this is of any importance, but there was a woman who was standing in the back whispering to a sheriff’s deputy and she was not only making disparaging remarks about Commissioner Richards to the deputy but was taking pictures of people who wanted accountability from the county- citizens and commissioners who spoke. I heard her tell the deputy that she was someone’s mother but couldn’t make out whose mother she was. At the break, she then went to go speak to and hug Mayor Anderson. The whole thing was incredibly off-putting and reeked of “enemy” info gathering.

    • May 16, 2024 at 3:27 pm

      Thanks for reporting this. This is NOT surprising. The Mayor has a “political machine”. He is very devious. Most of the Commissioners are rubber stamps. In the recent election, 2 of the people the Mayor supported lost – the first time ever. One way he rewards people is by putting them on the Williamson Medical Board. I’m very suspicious of what’s going on and commend Commissioner Richards for speaking up. The Mayor uses every trick, such as delaying a vote until 10 PM.
      Here’s an example > “There was a motion to move the resolution that would extend the contract with Williamson inc to the front of the agenda, allowing for those who had already been waiting to see how the vote would go, but that motion was defeated by D7 Commissioner Tom Tunnecliffe, and D12 Commissioner Steve Smith. ”

      Tunnecliffe and Smith need to be defeated – it’s obvious what they were doing. It is very, very suspicious. I think they do whatever the Mayor tells them to.

      Most people don’t know that the taxpayers are responsible for Williamson Medical’s debt. The County Debt includes almost $200 million of “Hospital Bonds”.

      We need to recruit people to run against the Mayor’s Rubber Stamps.


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