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Decorum Efforts Take A Step Back, As Commissioners Blast Comments

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Marion Williams isn't shy about discussing issues, but he missed all the talk Monday about improving commission decorum and ending the bickering.

"Anybody think we're going to all agree, we wouldn't need but one person in the chair we would need Marion and nobody else, but by having different needs we're going to have different opinions and were going to have some disagreements," says Commissioner Marion Williams.

Commissioner Bill Lockett wants commissioners to disagree without being disagreeable, but he's surprised some of his fellow commissioners by bringing up the issue at Monday's committee meetings.

Lockett says he's extending the olive branch, but a couple of weeks ago in a weekly paper Lockett blasted Commissioner Bill Fennoy for voting with the five white commissioners to hire a private company to run public transit.

"Public criticism in an interview by a fellow commissioner because of the way I voted, it is very difficult, very difficult when you say do as I say not as I do," said Fennoy during Monday's committee meeting. 

 I think he owes Mister Fennoy and I a public apology for what he said in the newspaper," said Commissioner Joe Jackson.

The same day Lockett was talking commission decorum he was quoted in the most recent edition of the same paper.

 An article quoted Lockett blasting Joe Jackson, saying Jackson "is constantly in opposition of anything that supports the black community."

"It's quite ironic the olive branch has been extended the thing is out there, the way I was raised you treat others the way you want to be treated to go off and say I don't do anything for the black community I take real offense to it," said Jackson who said he wasn't angry just disappointed.

And for it commission relations are not any better. 

 "How are you going to sing kumbaya when you're making gestures like that," said Marion Williams.

We made repeated phone calls to Bill Lockett to comment to Jackson's comments but got no response.

Mayor Pro-Tem Corey Johnson says a lack of communication between members leads to distrust and it's something the commission cannot allow to happen. 

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