Commissioners’ sexual remarks spark uproar in Mineral County (copy)
Mineral County citizens are outraged at their county commissioners after sexually inappropriate remarks made by two county commissioners surfaced last month.
In between gavels during a public meeting on Jan. 20, Commissioners Roman Zylawy and Duane Simons appeared to make a series of comments about a female colleague’s body. When the pair realized their conversation was being recorded, they ended the conversation and Zylawy said, “I’m just saying what I heard on the news.”
Amid laughter, the commissioners’ administrative assistant then stood up and worked on the recording device sitting on the commissioners’ desk.
A video recording of the incident captured by a meeting attendee is available on the “Mineral Co MT unedited” YouTube channel.
Woody Woodford, a Mineral County citizen leading the coalition of residents angry about the commissioners’ conversation, said he was offended when he watched the video.
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“Why should it be OK to make those kind of derogatory comments about anybody, especially by public officials in a public meeting?” asked Woodford, who served as a Montana school principal for 10 years and a superintendent for 20.
Seeking accountability, Woodford requested an action item to review the recording during another