The agenda for the December 18, 2018 Cleveland County Commissioner’s Meeting proves it all. The Commissioners do NOT give a damn for the citizens of Cleveland County.
The agenda shows a Public Hearing will be held regarding the elimination of the Existing Board of the Cleveland County Department of Social Services, the Commissioners taking over control of the DSS and then forming a DSS Advisory Board. A public hearing is required by law before such as this can be legally done. A Public Hearing is required by law so citizens can put their two cents in on whether or not they want the commissioners to do something. The Commissisoners are supposed to listen to the people and take their lead on what they do in regards to the issue at hand. “Supposed to” are the key words here.
But NOOooooo!!! The Commissioners “listen to the people.” That will not be the case with this board of commissioners!!!
Well they might “pretend” listen, but what they will decide has already been decided. The very next item on the agenda is to appoint the new DSS Advisory Board. These “Great Pretenders” didn’t even have to gumption to first pass the decision, including the will of the people; then, depending on the will of the people whether or not to pass the resolution and if it passed to select a new DSS advisory Board at a later Commissioner’s meeting. That way they could make the people at least “think” they had some influence.
But, Alas, the agenda tells it all. No matter what the people say, the commissioner’s decision has already been made and the decision on who they will appoint to the new DSS advisory board has been made too.
And who controls the Commissioner Meeting Agenda? The Chairman, Susan Allen and the Vice Chairman Ronnie Whetstine. Both of whom are up for re-election in 2020. Longtime incumbent Commissioner Johnny Hutchins too.
This is my position. The Existing DSS Board needs to be replaced in regard to how they are appointed and controlled. Too many dead children, food stamp fraud, etc. and especially the cover -up. Let the Commissioner’s go ahead and make their changes. Then, in 2020, throw out Commissioners Susan Allen, Ronnie Whetstine and Johnny Hutchins just like we just threw out Eddie Holbrook–at the ballot box. Remember the slap on the face you get tonight at the Commissioner’s meeting. Then us voters will do the final “slapping the Commissioner’s face” in the 2020 Elections. A Presidential Election year that promises a record turnout. That is how our form of government works. Ask former Commissioner Chairman Eddie Holbrook.
In the meantime, just be patient. But remember just the same. I will help you remember.