Ethics complaint brought against Phenix City school board

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PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Phenix City residents are calling foul on the school board's decision to hire the district's new superintendent without first interviewing him publicly.

Randy Wilkes was voted into office at Tuesday night's school board work session.

Two candidates for superintendent were publicly interviewed by the school board earlier this month, but Wilkes was not one of them.

Now, a group called the Community of Concerned Clergy says they are submitting an ethics complaint to the state of Alabama.

"The board may interview some or all of the candidates that are certified as applicants," said member Noble Williams. "State law requires that these interviews be conducted in public. It doesn't give any particular scenarios. It doesn't give the makeup of the board or anything.  It simply states that these interviews must be conducted in public."

The group hopes their ethics complaint brings about a change in how the board conducts the hiring process.

New Superintendent Randy Wilkes' official start date is July 1.

We'll have more details coming up on the News at 11.

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