Remember when Mr. Pittman was requested to step down and the other firefighters objected and Rhett Bullard said something to the effect that we were done talking about the fire department. Remember when Walter McKenzie chastised the previous firefighters for bringing up the “Letter of No Confidence” relating to Greene and his bride. He said the public meeting was no place to bring such a matter up…but to who else could this be brought to but the full council since Ms. Tebo would not respond to the firefighters? Stacy Tebo was operating on behalf of Rhett Bullard and as of yet, we have no fire department and have not had one for the last two years.
I apparently missed the fact that Mayor Miller said and this is a quote from the Jasper News” PREUTER WHO WAS TOLD BY MILLER THAT IT WAS INAPPROPRIATE FOR HIM TO RECALL A PRIVATE CONVERSATION WITH THE TOWN MANAGER IN THE PUBLIC MEETING” Apparently THE NEW COUNCIL DOESN’T BELIEVE IN TRANSPARENCY ANY MORE THAN THE PREVIOUS TOWN COUNCIL BELIEVED IN IT. A PUBLIC MEETING IS WHERE THE GRIEVANCES AND COMMENTS SHOULD COME OUT…IF THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO HANDLE THE MATTER. THESE ITEMS ARE PART OF PUBLIC RECORDS AND THAT TYPE OF PROTECTION BY A MAYOR OF A TOWN MANAGER WHO IS SUPPOSED TO DO HIS JOB IS UNCALLED FOR.
And in my opinion, the articles and what I have heard at the town meetings show that even though Mr. Jones has said he supervised people, he obviously does not really have management background. Instead of discussing the matter with Preuter and explaining our prior situation of having a great fire department with MANY volunteers, etc which we do not have as long as Steve Stith and Andrew Greene are involved….and the fact that Mr. Preuter is on call with EMS and cannot take off as easily as our former Chief Pittman, “I feel that even though you have the necessary experience, our Town needs the security of a fire department as we had previously.”
No instead of handling the matter further with kid Gloves as he was required to do, Mr. Jones blamed “one of the councilors had requested he (Jones) ask Preuter to resign his position.” per the Jasper News. As a manager, you do not blame your “bosses” or the elected officials. You are the one that is making the decision, you are the one who sees that the current situation is not working., and you are the one to whom the citizens speak. And if any of you had been at the meeting after Mr. Jones spoke to Preuter and gave his side, Mr. Jones told an entirely different story when questioned by the councilors…not negotiating but rather asking for a resignation was the actual truth I am sorry, for all of you who thinks it is okay for Tommie Jones to continually lie. You picked on Spencer Lofton for his lies but obviously Mr. Jones is special.
Meetings are to be Transparent; quit erasing things off the recorder, and tell the truth or someone will come in and tell the truth as they saw it making you look like a liar.
Karin for the blog