CHATHAM — A divided Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors voted to terminate Coy Harville, who represents the Westover District on the Pittsylvania County Service Authority Board.

The board, following a closed meeting, chose to terminate Harville because of comments he made to a local businessman in December. The board did not name the businessman nor did it explain the initial incident that led to the comment.

Harville, addressing the board, said he told the businessman he would write a letter to the editor in the local newspaper about the incident and the county might not do business with him.

“Why would you remove a person from the service authority after 36 years on one incident that has not caused harm to anyone and for which I apologize for,” Harville said to the board.

Supervisor Ronald Scearce characterized the interaction with the businessman as “good old boy bully stuff.”

Scearce said this was the first public apology Harville has made and he said he did nothing wrong when they met last week about the issue.

The board voted 4 to 3, with Scearce making the motion to terminate him. Bob Warren, Charles Miller and Chairman Joe Davis joined him.

Elton Blackstock had proposed a substitute motion which involved a three-month suspension, but that was overturned with a four to three vote as well.

Harville had recently been elected as chairman of the service authority board.

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Ayers reports for the Register & Bee. Reach him at (434) 791-7981.

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