Byrd: ‘He was as good a hand as I ever had’

HAMILTON -  Former District 2 Marion County Commissioner Eddie Byrd spoke to the Journal Record concerning county employee Exie Spears following Spears’ address concerning his relationship with current District 2 commissioner Kenneth Cochran at the commission’s regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 10, at the commission office in Hamilton.
“I’ve never had a problem with him (Spears). Kenneth has never liked Exie, I don’t know why,” stated Byrd.
“I never had to write any of them up for anything, they always did whatever I asked them to do. I can tell neither one of them cared for the other, but I never had to write anyone up.”
Byrd stated that he does not understand, after working for several year with Spears, why Cochran would have issues with his job performance.
“Exie has got nothing on his record, so I don’t know; maybe because now that he’s (Cochran) commissioner, he wants to show his power or something, that’s all I can figure out,” said Byrd.
Byrd stated that from the time he was elected as commissioner in 2006 until 2015, he operated without a foreman and stated that he chose Spears based on his willingness to work for the county.
“He always answered the phone, day or night; I never had a problem with Exie,” said Byrd.
“He (Spears) was as good a worker as I have ever had, and I’m 67 years old. I’ve worked with a lot of hands over the years, he was as good a hand as I’ve ever had.”