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Roland not happy about mediation process

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Commissioner Terry Roland isn't happy two County Commissioners are representing the County in these closed door negotiations.

County Commissioners Walter Bailey and Steve Mulroy were appointed by the Commission Chairman to represent the board during mediation talks.

The Commissioners have been meeting with Federal Judge Hardy Mays, suburban Mayors and lawyers.

All sides are coming together to try and work out a settlement to the schools lawsuit.

Roland says the Commissioners have an unfair amount of influence on the process.

He's worried about two people representing the views of the whole Commission and believes this arrangement is unfair to the rest of the Commissioners and their constituents.

Commissioner Mulroy disagrees, saying the judge himself requested that actual County Commissioners be present in the room to ensure the success of the mediation process.

Commissioner Mulroy also says the Commission's rules allow the Chair to appoint representatives for this case and the process has been cleared with the County Attorney's office.

He also says they'll have to bring any settlement proposal back to the Commission for a full vote before anything is settled.

Commissioner Roland is calling for the suburbs to back out of the mediation all together. He believes this wouldn't be in mediation if opponents of suburban schools and that those opponents have pulled dirty tricks to get what they want.

People on both sides of the suburban schools issue are supporting the mediation talks they say it's a way for both sides to come up with a settlement.

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