August 16, 2013
There’s an old saying that “things come in threes.” We’re not saying we believe it, but that would be a perfect snapshot for Wednesday’s Mingo County Commission meeting.
While we thought a special meeting could have been called, the remaining County Commissioners John Mark Hubbard and Greg “Hootie” Smith made the right move when they indefinitely suspended Emergency Services and Homeland Security Director Jerrod Fletcher without pay. Public officials do the work of the people. As such, the public must be able to trust them to do the job.
Citing the public public’s perception of the positions Fletcher held and their trust in the county itself, the commissioners made the decision.
However, the commissioners said they wanted to review all facts surrounding the federal case and see what the outcome may be before making a final decision on Fletcher’s employment status with the county. That just seems like red tape to us. The damage is done.
If their reason for making the move is ‘public perception’ as they say, then what’s going to change? We don’t see any reason they should wait to make a final decision. The public has already made their decision.
Perhaps the commissioner’s wanted to get the opinion of fellow commissioner Dave Baisden, who was unable to attend Wednesday’s meeting because he was in federal court in Charleston at his arraignment on charges of extortion.
Baisden was the county’s purchasing agent and allegedly misused the power of his position by trying to get tires for his personal vehicles at a discounted rate and went on to take county business away from the tire company after he did not get his way. He pleaded not guilty Wednesday and did the right thing by submitting a letter relinquishing his duties as purchasing agent for the county while the “federal investigation involving me is ongoing.”
Finally, the commission accepted the resignation of Sheriff Rosie Crum in a move that was probably a longtime coming. She was admittedly over her head in the position which she was appointed to in an emotional decision barely a day after her husband’s shocking death.
Crum said she wanted to spend more time with her children and grandchildren and we don’t blame her.
That old saying we referenced earlier is sometimes associated with “bad things happening in threes” but in this case we think it was “good things happening in threes.”
— Williamson Daily News