Democrats Read The Plan Of Organization For Yourself Appointment For Sheriff Process

First read the duties of the county 6 officers which consist of the chair, 1st, 2nd, 3rd vice chairs, secretary and treasurer. You will find out who suppose to do what. The duties can be found in the Plan Of Organization @ and begin on page 7 Section 2.01 Composition of County Executive Committee.

Go to The Plan Of Organization page 18 Section 2 3.11 County Elected Officials talks about filling a vacancy in your local offices such as Sheriff.

The General Statue for the Appointment of Sheriff that includes Edgecombe County @

My point has been that nothing was mentioned in the precinct package that there will be a vacancy in the Sheriff Office and that all precincts need to be aware there will be a special meeting called in March for the executive committee to meet and vote. It does not matter who the chair and vice chair will be a vote will still take place.

I keep hearing folk say what if a precinct is not organized. Okay packages went out to all organized precincts so therefore I am quite sure those same precincts will be organized. So if a precinct was not organized that means that the unorganized precinct received no package. But what a good chair would do is to look up voters in the unorganized precinct and try to get someone to organize.

I love it when folk who have no clue, don’t ever attend a Democratic Party meeting has all the answers. I can’t wait to see when the meeting will be called for the appointment. The deadline for precincts to meet is March 8. So when will the county party receive the packages from the 21 precincts so that the party can send them notices about the meeting for the appointment. As I stated earlier there should have been a meeting called on March 9th so all the precincts could have attended so the party would have all of their packages vs waiting on them to be mailed. In the past they turned them in at the county convention and so they were able to participate at the county convention. So since the party must meet and present a name to the commissioners within 30 days if some do not turn their packages in immediately how will Rev. Roosevelt Higgs know who the letters need to be sent to? How will the 1st vice chair be able to notify the entire executive committee about how many votes they will have? Again my point is no matter who the chair and vice chair is the precinct if organized will have x amount of votes. This is the numbers that all the candidates want to know and has not been able to get. Hell but anyone executive committee member should be able to get it. Actually ought to be in the secretary possession no matter who the secretary of the precinct is. If a new secretary takes over then the information is passed on.

Back to the precinct packages that went out. There was no mention of the county reception to be held for the Democratic Party Sheriff James Knight on tomorrow that is free and open to the public at the Edgecombe County Administration Bldg. Auditorium Friday February 24, 2017 from 4 PM – 7 PM. It is a damn shame that the party has not had anything nor didn’t mention anything in the package because by the time the meeting is called he will no longer be in office. But hell since they have not had anything they could atleast announce the reception on Friday February 24. The county party should be educating the local Democrats about everything that is going on pertaining to Democrats be it the local, state and national level.





Rev. Roosevelt Higgs Has Played Games In Both The Appointment When Sheriff Phil Ellis Retired & Now During Sheriff James Knight Retirement

Detective/Dare Officer James L Knight had one obstacle in his way for a few minutes when he announced he was seeking the appointment when Sheriff Phil Ellis announced his retirement over the weekend and left office in 1996.

Rev. Roosevelt Higgs Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee member called a community meeting in Rocky Mount with a room full of black folk and a few whites. He said he was there to talk about getting Phil Ellis Chief Deputy Donnie Taylor appointed. I will never forget the 1st time I met Mrs. Dorothy Joyner from Rocky Mount when she stood up and said she was there to get a black person appointed and if that was not the case she didn’t need to be at the meeting. Joyner got the support of the folk in the room and while doing so Higgs no longer had anything to do with the meeting and the next series of meetings because Roy Gray was made chair of the meeting and I was made secretary.

Since Ellis had gone Chief Donnie Taylor was in command until Knight appointment went into effect.

Now in 2017 Rev. Roosevelt Higgs just happen to be the county Chair so he gets to play with the appointment of Sheriff again by supporting Knight’s next in command Chief Deputy Allen Moseley. When Moseley asked to meet with me I reminded Moseley of what happened during the appointment however since he was working with the Sheriff Office he knows some of the story. Well he knows that Chief Deputy Taylor didn’t get the appointment just because he was next in command and that the system decided the appointment whether one like the system or not, that is what happens.

During this appointment Rev. Roosevelt Higgs is playing games because he is the leader of the Democratic Party and have some weak officers his vice chairs, secretary and treasurer that has been one of the most ineffective county executive officers make up that we have had since the late 80’s. I have been serving on the as a precinct chair/vice chair, county chair/vice since the late 80’s so therefore I have been on the county executive committee all of these years so I have been a voting member all of these years. I know the process, I know the people and I stand by what I say and if I should error I have no problem with making necessary corrections.

It was Sheriff James Knight desire to announce his retirement in a timely fashion so that the Democratic Party could call a meeting a few days after his retirement was official so that by the next Edgecombe County Commissioners meeting the party would have submitted a name and the appointment would have been all said and done. Okay Sheriff Knight’s retirement will be official Tuesday February 28, 2017 and a good party chair would have had a meeting scheduled for Wednesday March 1 so that we the executive committee would meet and vote on a candidate to be appointed. The name would be submitted to the County Commissioners and at their meeting on March 6 the appointment could have been done.

But this year since the annual precinct meetings window to have the meetings are February 22, 2017 til March 8 so again Rev. Higgs could have called a meeting on March 9 and then the county commissioners could have a called a special meeting to just do the appointment.

When I a precinct chair received my precinct package around 2 weeks ago there was no mention about Sheriff James Knight Retirement, nothing about an upcoming meeting absolutely nothing about the appointment.

So as it stands at the moment since no letters have gone out, say for instance Higgs send out a letter on or after March 8 look at the time frame for the letters to go out to the executive committee and when they will receive them. The office of Sheriff will be vacant as of March 1. A meeting would need to be called so we can meet to vote. If the Edgecombe County Commissioners do not receive a name from the Democratic Party within 30 days then the commissioners can appoint who they want to.

Higgs is a member of the Edgecombe County Human Relations Commission who have announced a 2nd Sheriff Forum to be held. Higgs, the secretary and one of the vice chairs of the Democratic Party all 3 are members of the Human Relations Commission need to be focused on setting a time and date so the Democratic Party can have the real meeting and anyone can attend to sit in hear the candidates before we vote.

We need to bring this appointment to closure as soon as possible. Because of Higgs and the other 5 county officers of the Democratic Party lack of leadership and communication on this appointment there has been lots of misinformation being spewed out on pages like Tarboro 27886, The Tar River Times and the Edgecombe Tribune along with the daily communication I am having via social media and/or in person/phone calls.

Sheriff James Knight has taken the Edgecombe County Sheriff Office to a whole new level by bringing all parties and races together around the office over the years. Knight set the bar for an individual elected official to attempt to obtain as it relate to politics. Knight has set an example for other Sheriff Offices across the state also.

It is a damn shame that the Democrats of Edgecombe County have allowed one person to hold us right where we are. Oh yeah we have made some progress but it has been by the Grace of God. I have challenged the Democratic Party over the years because I don’t play when it comes to folk coming together making decisions that affect my life, my family and other folk lives.

It is time for the Edgecombe County Democratic Party to get it together.