A private legal dispute between two Madison County residents spilled into public at Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

During the concerned citizens portion of the meeting, Madison County resident Kimberly Barlow complained to the board that Emergency Management Director Butch Hammack was obstructing justice when he warned his niece, Claire Melvin, that she needed to leave Barlow's property to avoid being arrested for trespassing.

Hammack contacted Melvin, Barlow said, after she called 9-1-1 in February 2014 and reported Melvin as trespassing on her property and threatening her with physical violence.

"She refused to leave," Barlow told supervisors and other officials Monday. "She was sitting on my front porch and told me she was going to stay there until I let her in or came outside."

Although Melvin was gone by the time Madison County Sheriff's Deputy Kevin Moffett arrived at her Gluckstadt-area residence, Barlow said he was still there when Hammack's niece started sending threatening text messages to her phone.

Barlow filed three charges against Melvin - harassment, cyber-stalking and trespassing - the following morning in Madison County Justice Court.

She then went to Hammack's office, where she said Hammack tried to discuss the incident with her behind closed doors, which she refused to do.

County Administrator Mark Houston, who also met privately with Barlow shortly after the incident, said an independent investigation from the Madison County Sheriff's office had found no wrong-doing on Hammack's part.

"That's interesting," Barlow said. "This is the first I've heard of this investigation or that they found no wrong-doing on (Hammack's) part. I don't see how that's possible, seeing as how he involved himself in a police matter to save his niece's [rear-end]."

District 3 Supervisor Gerald Steen remarked that the matter with Melvin would ultimately be decided in justice court.

"The only comment I have is that its headed in the right direction in the courts," Steen said. "It seems like that's where you've put it, and I believe at that point, we'll let the courts handle it and see what the court says."

Barlow responded that she had tried to seek justice through the courts, but that the case had already been continued to January 2016 - nearly two years since the incident.

Houston interjected to point out that almost all Justice Court cases are delayed to some extent and that the pending charges had nothing to do with Hammack.

Barlow responded that her concern was that Hammack had "tipped off" Melvin that police were on the way.

At that point, the exchange became more heated.

"He called and asked her to leave," Houston said. "Is that not what you wanted?"

Barlow responded that Hammack's warning to Melvin directly led to the threatening messages, and challenged Houston to defend Hammack's actions the following day when she tried to file a formal complaint.

"I wasn't there," Houston said. "But when my Sheriff tells me there was an independent investigation that found he's done nothing wrong, that's good enough for me."

Barlow then drew ire from Sheriff Randy Tucker over a statement made about calling 9-1-1 and the peril citizens may face if a case involves county relatives.

"I think that statement is completely out of line," Tucker said. "That was my office that took that call, and I don't appreciate it one bit. If a citizen calls 9-1-1 and needs help, we are going to help them."

Barlow first tried to voice her concerns to the board at the previous board meeting on May 18, but was arrested by sheriff's deputies for an outstanding warrant as she tried to enter the meeting room at the Madison County Office Complex.

Barlow admitted she had forgotten about a January court date, but added she had been pulled over more than once since then and even appeared in Justice Court eight days before her arrest when the trial was postponed until after the new year.

"I found it interesting that I had this warrant out for my arrest, but they didn't arrest me until I was headed into the board room to complain about this," Barlow said. "Why didn't they arrest me when I was in the same building just a week prior?"

Hammack was in attendance but did not comment Monday.