Complaint against Enloe dismissed

By Vicki Hyatt | May 02, 2014

A complaint filed with the N.C. Ethics Commission against Mary Ann Enloe, who serves on the Haywood Community College governing board and the county’s board of equalization and review, has been found to be without merit.

The complaint was filed by Waynesville resident Monroe Miller, who alleged a violation of state law occurred when Enloe was reappointed to the board of equalization while serving both on the college and the fairgrounds governing board, a nonprofit organization.

An April 28 notification received by Enloe from the State Ethics Commission stated the complaint was dismissed “for failing to allege sufficient facts to constitute a violation within the Commission’s jurisdiction.”

“This is what I expected,” Enloe said. “I did receive a call the day of the meeting from the staff attorney for the State Ethics Commission, and he told me they had met and dismissed the complaint.”

After Miller and others raised questions about the number of governing boards Enloe served on, she immediately resigned her fairgrounds board position, saying she wished to avoid any embarrassment to either the commissioners who appointed her or herself. The county attorney found the fairgrounds board, as a private nonprofit organization, didn’t qualify under state law and the constitution as one of the two public boards individuals could legally serve on.

“I’ve spent my adult life in public service, and I will continue to be involved for the good of the people of Haywood County, despite the efforts of folks who don’t have our best interests at heart.”