In Response to Mr. Ross Shaffer, D.V.M. Sam Nobles was part of team-building effort that benefited Tarboro

Damn this is what you call team-building? Hell I would love to see what the NC State Auditor’s Report would find if they went back for just another 5 – 6 years or either the entire 22 years you speak of. Hell I guess you would say that ya’ll built a damn Super Power House. And if that be the case I think it would be worthwhile to do it so all towns could model after the Tarboro Town Council.

It appears that ya’ll the council and the mayor were a failure to the town along with Nobles. However I find it damn strange that obviously ya’ll the council, the mayor and Nobles didn’t go to training over the years especially to the Institute of Government and other types of training because I am not aware of they type of style you speak of. It appears that ya’ll had your own damn style of operating a town. I don’t know of any town operating that has operated like this in the past or operate in this type of style today. SMDH!

You, say “So, at the time of Mr. Noble’s hiring in 1987, the council was looking for a specific style to turn things around. We wanted a “hands-on” manager who would keep on top of all departments, their spending and their internal workings. His goal was to eliminate waste, treat all citizens equally and increase the quality of town equipment and facilities for all people. We wanted a tough, but fair manager. We did not want a man who would sit in his office, behind a closed door, with no idea of what was going on.”

Okay I can understand all of the above but what I can not understand is what does his spending for personal things have to do with anything? Are you saying that spending the monies as he did eliminated waste? If that was the case why did he feel he needed to return items to the town if you say it was what previous councils approved of? Why did he need things that he had in his possession? Sir are you saying ya’ll gave Nobles approval to spend money on personal items?

You say, “Here are some points to refute some of the state’s assertions. First, the council did evaluate Mr. Noble each and every year. We also gave him goals and objectives for the following year. The council was aware of and approved his life insurance policy and the changes made to it over the years. Mr. Noble has in his possession 23 years of evaluations approved by the council and signed by the mayor.”

So are you saying that just because the council evaluated Nobles every year what the the NC State Auditor’s Report findings states makes it legit? You say ya’ll gave him goals and objectives so did ya’ll give him the okay to spend money for his personal use? You say ya’ll approved of his life insurance policy and changes made over the years, so  sir my questions are, does anymore employees have the same policy and were the same changes made for them as well?

Second, meals after council meetings. This was something I started and preceded Mr. Noble’s employment. These were small team-building sessions. The press was always invited, and in the early days they came, but quickly lost interest. All council members and mayors came at one time or another. We went from a council that fought each other, to one that “agreed to disagree” and we worked together over many years to improve Tarboro. There was almost never a race issue. Mr. Noble was expected to be a part of that team-building effort.

Meals after council meetings in house should not be a problem, but if I am correct there were meals purchased on trips that the NC State Auditor’s Report findings states which is totally different. I am aware of food at the Edgecombe County Public Schools and the Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners meetings. Sir are you saying ya’ll gave Nobles approval to purchase meals on trips that were taken outside of the council meetings?

You say, “Fourth, as for his trips out of town, we referred to them as “fact-finding missions.” Over the 15 years, all mayors, councilmen, and most department heads went on these type trips. This goes with our “hands-on” style. The trips matched whatever projects the council was trying to implement at the time.”

What the hell? Will you please define “Fact-finding missions?” Okay so again what do this have to do with spending money for personal items?

You say, “As I see it, this was not any failure on Mr. Noble’s part, but a failure of the mayor and council to know and redirect Mr. Noble as to how they wanted the town to be run.”

Damn it appears that ya’ll the council and the mayor was a failure to the town along with Nobles. However I find it damn strange that obviously ya’ll the council, the mayor and Nobles didn’t go to training over the years especially to the Institute of Government and other types of training because I am not aware of they type of style you speak of. It appears that ya’ll had your own damn style of operating a town. I don’t know of any town operating that has operated like this in the past or operate in this type of style today.

The NC State Auditor’s Report stated that Nobles findings and the recommendations as to what the town need to put in place in order that this alleged misuse of funds will not happen again. It appears that all of the folks you say that knows about this mess and approved of this mess in my opinion are a failure to the town also.

It appears this council and manager wants to get it right, however it appears that since the current mayor is involved he does not want to make it right per the NC State Auditor’s Report findings and his response to the current council.

So in my conclusion it appears that you want to take responsibility for this mess so if that be the case, don’t you think that the current council and the current manager ought to make sure they carry out the NC State Auditor’s recommendations per the findings in the report? I believe if you see it any other way then you are still in failure mode.

See related:

Noble was part of team-building effort that benefited Tarboro – Rocky Mount Telegram

Taboro Town Council