Staffer reportedly covers Oakland County board chambers with olive oil due to 'negativity'

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Posted at 9:10 AM, Aug 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 09:10:08-04

(WXYZ) — An Oakland County board staffer was reportedly distressed by negativity in the commissioners chambers and covered the board chambers with olive oil.

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office said the audience and board member seats in the commissioners' auditorium and committee room, doorways and door handles were all covered in olive oil.

The ritual was reportedly meant to "scrub bad energy" from the chambers.

The sheriff's office said it received a sample of the substance from the room and is evaluating it.

The "negativity" may have been attributed to the political drama unfolding during the search for the next Oakland County executive. The board will meet on Friday to determine who will replace L. Brooks Patterson.