SLAYTON — Dennis Welgraven, vice chair of the Murray County Board of Commissioners, issued an apology last week for a remark he made in the July 14 board of commissioners budget meeting.

While discussing a budget item, Welgraven used the phrase "n----r*-rigging," an expression that means assembling something from makeshift pieces. It originates from the racist idea that Black people are lazy and do a bad job of fixing things.

At the beginning of the July 21 board meeting, Welgraven addressed the board, stating he had used that expression the previous week.

"I apologize for using this expression," he said. "It was not said in disrespect. I am sincerely sorry. I will do better in the future. Thank you."