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Jones accuses council of straw poll after hiring freeze
Smoak, others dispute claim
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Kershaw County Councilman Jimmy Jones is accusing four fellow councilmen of using a “straw poll” to circumvent a hiring freeze they voted for during an April 12 meeting. Jones, who represents District 4, said the councilmen’s actions allowed several county department heads to hire employees after the freeze went into effect. “I cannot sit idly by while decisions made in public by our governing body are reversed in private,” Jones said during a press conference in council chambers Wednesday afternoon.