As we have reported, Anderson County Law Director Jay Yeager apologized to WYSH owner Ron Meredith for comments he allegedly made to several county commissioners and other officials that left those that heard them convinced he had accused the “Ask Your Neighbor” host of attempting to improperly influence a bid on a county contract. The comments were made shortly after this station reported on emails that showed he was aware of allegations against Circuit Court Clerk William Jones back in 2015. Since last summer, eight women have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and other inappropriate workplace behavior by Jones, but Yeager says that the email in question dealt with an issue of improper interview questions and not issues of sexual harassment.
Yeager made the apology during last week’s meeting of the Legal Services Advisory Committee that serves as the Law Director’s supervisory body and provides guidance to the office created in 2006 by a Private Act. During that meeting, he also pledged to apologize to Meredith and the station in writing.
Following last week’s meeting, at least one member of the Legal Services Committee sat down and wrote a formal apology and delivered it to Yeager in order for him to sign it before Meredith’s deadline of the end of business Monday May 21st. That letter has not yet been signed, but WYSH has obtained a copy of the letter awaiting Yeager’s signature.
“Dear Mr. Meredith,
In response to your formal complaint filed with the Legal Services Advisory Committee on May 10, 2018 I would like to extend to you and ask that you accept my apologies for any harm that may have come to the reputation of you or your radio station. To clarify for your listeners, I would like to state that at no time did you do anything criminal or unethical in regards to the bid and purchasing process and that your character, integrity and reputation should not be questioned by your listeners or those in county government. Your reputation in reporting over the past 29 years has been proven over and over again, and listeners in our community have a great deal of confidence and trust in your programming. Further, any remarks or statements made by me or others to the contrary would be inaccurate and inappropriate and would not represent the truth. I ask that you accept this letter as a formal apology and look forward to putting this matter behind us. As we move forward I wish you and your station much success.
Jay Yeager, Anderson County Law Director”
We will keep you posted as to when the signed apology is delivered to the station. Meredith has not shared with this reporter what his “next step” might be if the letter is not signed and delivered before 5 pm on the 21st, but in the event it becomes necessary, we will share that with you as well.