I found the following article, “Area leaders lament state audit findings” to be quite interesting however most of the article is just a repeat of what the writer has posted a couple of days ago.
So Councilman Lige Daughtridge Community Council, Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson, the Nash GOP, Robbie Davis all Republicans are trying to oust the Black Democrats Councilmen Andre Knight and Reuben Blackwell along with the City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney. But since I know this reporter I know he talks to some of the Special Cs that have been attending the City Council meetings attacking Black Leadership.
I expect Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson to support the audit findings runs contrary to the attitude of some members of the City Council.
With the following statement it is my ignant opinion that the council has discussed the issue. “The majority of the City Council have responded that they question the validity of these numbers and do not believe this audit was performed to the highest standards by the (state auditor,)” Roberson said. “Furthermore, they believe that this was a targeted audit aimed at black leadership of our community.” This is totally about Power.
Rocky Mount Councilman T.J. Walker told the Telegram he feels the audit points out some weaknesses that need to be addressed. Walker was elected in November and is one of the two newest council members.
I totally agree with T.J. Walker and that is what happens when an audit is done you identify the weakness and you address them and move on.
“It is unfortunate that this is something we have to experience. However, it is nothing that we can’t get through together,” Walker said. “I think there will be many changes that come as a result of this. I am just not able to pinpoint those at this time. But whatever processes need to be amended or strengthened will be.”
Councilman Lige Daughtridge Community Council has been on a mission to discredit the Black Leadership for several years and that is the reason why he founded the Community Council.
I have learned something new in this article because I didn’t know that the council can oust a sitting councilman with a five member vote. I thought that the only way a councilman could be removed is by becoming a convicted felon, resignation of the councilman and being voted out during an election.
Now I knew that is the duty of the council to hire and fire the city manager.
I find the following to be quite interesting, “It would help if we had more recourse at the state level and more oversight of the actions of municipal government — that is something I feel that state legislators need to address,” Daughtridge said. “Things like this can destroy the trust people have in government at all levels. If you can’t trust your local government, who can you trust?”
There has been no trust of the Black Leadership before the Black Leaders were elected the council.
Who is the hell is Lige talking about, “There exists a tremendous mistrust of the city government by a large segment of our population that complained at levels to generate a state audit,” Roberson said. “The city has failed to provide adequate internal audit processes that would allow it to defend its position with confidence and factual evidence. And governance in Rocky Mount has for far too long dealt in a perceived secrecy and behind-closed-doors process.” Damn Lige so this is all they found in all of these years? Really!
It appears that Lige and Roberson are trying to form a group to attempt to keep the racist white supremacy tactics ongoing as Roberson is urging city residents to call the city manager, their city councilperson, the city or other elected officials to voice their opinion about the findings of the audit.
Wow! Now they want other local leaders to get involved.
I find it strange that the Nash County Republican Party is requesting the Edgecombe County Democratic Party to ask that Andre Knight and Reuben Blackwell to resign but why in the hell have they not asked that Senator Richard Burr Republican NC resign his post as it relates Burr’s alleged conflicts extend beyond his coronavirus-related stock trades. I don’t recall Edgecombe County Democratic Party asking them to ask Burr to resign.
I expect the following, “Robbie Davis, chairman of the Nash County Board of Commissioners, said he was disappointed in the findings of the report and concerned about the future of Rocky Mount.” Davis has been going after the council especially the Black Leadership for several years. He has lead the movement to dismantle the relationship with the council not wanting them to give money to the supplement the Nash-Rocky Mount School System and want to send all of the Edgecombe County students to Edgecombe County Schools.
I find the following to be nothing more than a scare tactic because Davis said, “I have not yet reviewed the report in great detail.” So if you ain’t read the damn report in detail what in the hell are you responding for? If you going to respond why in the hell you don’t read the report 1st? Oh you don’t have to because this is about White Privilege, White Supremacy and just Racist Tactics.
“Without this quick action, our area will suffer in many ways. One of the more damaging would be the ability to obtain any type of grants, which have been relied upon very heavily in the past,” Davis said. “(State Auditor) Beth Wood once referred to Rocky Mount as an icon of a city in eastern North Carolina. It should be the goal of all citizens to return to that status as soon as possible.”
The Special Cs were able to convince Beth Woods NC State Auditor to do the audit and present the findings. Now the findings have been presented and the city had to respond to the office and that was done so now isn’t the next steps is to put the corrective actions in place and move on?
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