“Noble, three department heads to retire.” That is the headline of the Daily Southerner of 12 October 2010. I went to the town website and counted eight departments. There is no listed director for the Human Relations Department, so let us say that Sam lists himself as director of that one. If so, 50% of department heads are departing, all at once. Before I read the body of the 12 October article I checked to see if it said “see (keyword) page 5.” I had fully expected to see what the other directors had to say to the editor. You know, remarks about how good the town had been to them also, etc. . There was nothing. So, I had to try and make sense out of what the editor did publish. For a very small town a headline like that should be earthshaking but I felt nothing. I`m still trying to figure it all out, but some good possibilities come to mind. My first thought: It is all a coincidence. Three directors didn’t make public statements to the editor because they had obligations and were in a hurry. Second thought: Why would they all offer to stay on until August 1st 2011 and then leave council chambers so un-ceremoniously ? It seems Sam only repeated what he had said earlier about retiring soon in a previous Daily Southerner article. Then too, these are the 3 departments Sam dealt with most often. Why didn’t Sam say something nice about them, in HIS remarks? I told Sam, not too long ago, that since he has all that power, when things go right he can claim all the credit. THEN I said when things go wrong he must take all the blame. Question: Did something go “wrong” ? If things did go wrong, why did our town government allow all of them to retire? I just know our town government is not going to keep them after Feb. 1st “on an interim basis.” As poor as our town is, the town council is going to allow 4 high-salaried people at once to double-dip for 7 months? What if anything is the town council trying to cover up now? No one is indispensible! Plus, if they had done their jobs as directors they would have trained someone in their respective departments to do their jobs, on an emergency basis. No contingency plans for the sudden departure of a director? WOW!
Perhaps we will never know the real truth, but add up the variables and the non-variables and one can come close to it. We should certainly have Qualified replacements by January 31st or one can conclude that there is still no objectivity at Town Council.
Anyway, the headline spoke volumes. What a breath of fresh air !
Plus, we have elections next year, don`t we?
Richard H Parker Jr