When asked about his role in the sale of the property, Young said he did not have a recollection of any discussion of selling 916 Walnut St. to Wardlaw. Young could not recall what he was doing July 4, when the deeds were transferred to Wardlaw, but said he was preparing to take a trip to California to visit his daughter. Young suggested that a stamp in the commissioners’ office was used to sign off on the deeds, but the signatures on the three deeds are different. Young said he believed he had acted properly.
“I don’t ever recall doing it. I don’t who them other people — I didn’t know that was his daughter,” Young said. “I know that we went through all the proper channels on all of them. At least I thought we did. Because we went through all the — nobody claimed them or anything, and that’s why they ended up in the process they were in. To my knowledge, I thought we was going through all of the legal hoops and everything if I signed anything.”
Young suggested he might have been the victim of the “Radar treatment,” referring to the sitcom M*A*S*H. On the show, Radar was a character known for sneaking problem documents into large piles of paper needing the commander’s signature.
“If I didn’t sign it, or if someone pulled the ‘Radar treatment’ on me, that’s not going to sit well with me,” Young said.
Fifer conceded that Young might not have known what he was signing when the documents were presented for signature.
“Did I sit Les down and say, ‘This is what this deed is, and this is what this deed is?’” Fifer said. “No, I told him, ‘These are the deeds for which the county has received offers, and these are the highest offers that we’ve got, and you approved these four and then this one came in, and it’s not worth having new appraisals done and readvertising, because you’re going to lose money by doing that, plus paying us for our time.’ He would have signed the deeds, but his answer that he may not have recognized the significance of the deeds he was signing is certainly plausible.”
Perkins said he has “no specific knowledge” of the sale of the Walnut Street property to Wardlaw.
Wardlaw’s phone number is not listed. Wardlaw did not respond to a request for comment sent to her via the social-media website Facebook.