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Does commissioner’s son-in-law work for company he keeps promoting for mold remediation?


QUESTION: At several commissioner meetings, including one Monday, commissioner chairman John Paisley, Jr. continually mentions favorably the job Sasser Restoration did on the first two school mold remediation cleanings and criticizes the company that did the majority of the cleanup (at about 30 schools), Builder Services. Is it true that Paisley’s son-in-law works for Sasser, and is that why he continues to promote that company?

ANSWER: Yes, Paisley acknowledged in a brief interview following Monday’s meeting, his son-in-law, Joe Hedrick, does work for Sasser.

Paisley emphasized that his son-in-law is “just a regular employee,” not a part of ownership or management of the company.

He said the fact was not a secret and he wasn’t trying to hide anything; in fact, he said, he had mentioned the connection to both school board chairman Sandy Ellington-Graves and superintendent Dr. Dain Butler. He acknowledged, however, that he had not publically identified his son-in-law’s work with the company.

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Paisley also acknowledged that his son-in-law had some involvement in the mold remediation that the Sasser Restoration did at Andrews and Newlin elementary schools, the first schools where mold was discovered.

Paisley also acknowledged that his son-in-law has been the source of some of the information he has garnered about the mold remediation problems in the schools and mold remediation procedures in general.

As to why he’d never mentioned the issue until asked about it by the newspaper, Paisley said he had not considered it relevant.

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