Huntsville Councilman Walks out of Meeting After Tense Questions by Radio Host

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Councilman Will Culver walked out of the city council meeting Thursday after tense questions from a conservative local radio host.

Conservative radio host Dale Jackson questions Culver at Thursday's city council meeting. (Matt Kroschel/WHNT News 19)

Conservative radio host Dale Jackson questions Culver at Thursday’s city council meeting. (Matt Kroschel/WHNT News 19)

“Many people accuse him of double dipping and questioning his motives for supporting the expansion,” host Dale Jackson said in part.

Jackson was speaking on behalf of Jeffery Moseley, a former Criminal Justice instructor at Calhoun Community College from 2008-2010.

Moseley claims he was dismissed so Calhoun could hire Culver.  He accuses Culver of misconduct and double dipping.

He also claims Calhoun officials wanted Culver on staff to help push through the college’s expansion plans in Madison County.

Culver responded briefly.

“I want the record to reflect that I have never – all of those things that are being alleged – did not happen,” said Culver.

He then collected his belongings, got up and walked out.  Culver briefly told reporters outside any and everything he’s done is public information and his record can be checked to verify that.

“I’m saddened by the inaccuracy of the information that’s being disseminated,” said Culver. “All those things that are being alleged did not happen.”

Jackson claimed Culver was hired at Calhoun on the recommendation of then-social sciences dean Kenny Anderson. Anderson is now director of multicultural affairs for the city.

Mayor Tommy Battle responded to the quid pro quo allegations following Thursday night’s council meeting saying he personally hired Anderson after a committee of three interviewees handed the top three candidates for Battle to consider.

“I chose Kenny Anderson because he is a quality candidate for that spot and he has been working in that area for a long time,” Battle insists. “I had no interaction with councilman Culver through any of that process and no interaction with him until we brought Kenny Anderson’s name down to head up multicultural affairs and got council approval.”

“That’s all I know about any of the allegations,” Battle concluded.

WHNT News 19 reached out to Will Culver Friday to give him the opportunity to respond on camera explaining his reaction to Jackson and Moseley’s allegations. Culver provided this statement via text message:

“I didn’t leave the council angrily, I just left because I strongly feel that a council meeting was an improper venue for anyone to make such unsupported allegations when proper venues exist such as the ethics commission or Calhoun who have the ability to address such matters. It probably isn’t wise to discuss this matter as I am exploring my options.”

WHNT News 19 is working to gather more information on this story today.  Check WHNT.com for updates and watch our newscasts Friday evening.

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