By Johnny Adams
Bullock County Board of Education President Orlando Johnson filed a report alleging felony extortion in the second degree against Bullock County Board of Education Superintendent Dr. Christopher Blair.
The report was completed on June 3, 2020, with the Bullock County Sheriff’s Department. According to the complaint, Johnson and Blair were meeting together at the board of education office on May 26, 2020.
Johnson was addressing a concern with Blair about the superintendent’s contract. Johnson explained to Blair that he had missed the March 1st deadline requiring him to advise the board in writing of its obligation to perform an annual evaluation.
The clause in the contract reads, “By no later than March 1st of each calendar year during the term of this contract, the Superintendent shall, in writing, advise the Board of Education of its obligation to perform the evaluation on or before the 30th day of June of each year.”
Johnson claims the superintendent then attempted to extort him by threatening to file a complaint against him if he informed the board that he had missed the deadline.
On June 8, 2020, Blair filed a complaint against Johnson with the Bullock County Board of Education, Dana B. Hill, Esq., Legal Counsel Bullock County Board of Education; Jayne H. Williams, Esq., Alabama Association of School Boards; and Eric Mackey, Ed.D., Alabama State Superintendent of Education.
In Blair’s complaint against Johnson, he claims Johnson has failed to satisfy the standards of boardsmanship and Board policy.