Sparks, another member of the Team Mingo Democratic faction, said after the meeting that some of the people calling for resignations have personal biases.
"It's feigned righteous indignation," Sparks said
"Their motivation is unsuccessfully gaining employment in my office and losing elections, and ambition," he continued.
Mike Baisden, a Republican, ran in 2012 against Team Mingo member and Democrat Delegate Justin Marcum. Marcum is an assistant prosecuting attorney in Sparks' office.
Sparks and Smith each said Wednesday they are cooperating fully with federal investigators. Sparks said he would be able to aggressively fight to defend his reputation after the investigation is complete.
Smith and Hubbard waged a completely different battle during the meeting before attendees started yelling about Sparks.
County Clerk "Big" Jim Hatfield has asked several times for the funds to hire two more full time employees. Smith and Hubbard would not approve of the request, because they said Hatfield refused to sign the new county personnel policy.
Smith accused Hatfield of allowing employees to accrue massive amounts of sick time and cash in on it when they retired. Hatfield never denied the charge, but accused the commission of abusing him, pushing him into a corner and treating him unfairly.
Hatfield is one of the few remaining elected officials in the county who is a Democrat but not part of the Team Mingo faction.
Eventually, the commission voted to let Hatfield hire two people if he signed the policy. Hatfield agreed, but not before grumbling more about the commission to the commissioners and the room at large.
"Stand up for your rights, Jim!" someone yelled from outside the room.
The commission also appointed a temporary sheriff. At the last commission meeting, Sheriff Rosie Crum announced she would resign. She had taken over for her late husband Eugene Crum after he was shot and killed in the spring.
The commission appointed Pam Dixon as temporary sheriff. She has served as the chief tax deputy, and will largely remain in charge of the office's tax collection responsibilities, Smith said.
Rosie Crum's resignation took effect Wednesday. The commission said it would accept applications for the full-time position until close of business Wednesday. As of 3:30 p.m., an official at the commission office said five people had applied.
Those who applied include: James Smith, Randy Hatfield, Dave Stratton, Larry Ferguson and Chris Varney. Smith and Hatfield are deputies at the sheriff's department while Stratton is an administrative assistant at the sheriff's department, the official said. Ferguson and Varney do not currently work in law enforcement, the official said.
Smith lost to Eugene Crum in the 2012 election for sheriff by about 600 votes, according to the Williamson Daily News.
Smith said the commission would interview every candidate and officially vote on the hire at the Sept. 18 commission meeting.