State auditor: Rocky Mount probe not racially motivated; ‘We have irrefutable evidence’ – The Wilson Times

By Lindell J. Kay | lkay@springhopeenterprise.com | 252-265-8117

One of North Carolina’s highest-ranking elected officials is pushing back against a lawmaker’s accusations of racism and collusion.

State Auditor Beth Wood said Monday evening that inflammatory statements made by state Rep. Shelly Willingham concerning her office’s audit of Rocky Mount city government are utter nonsense.

“Rep. Willingham said me and the mayor of Rocky Mount are working in collusion. Let me make it clear: I have never even spoken to the mayor until today,” Wood said. “I have spoken to Rep. Willingham twice. I have to say, the statement he made today doesn’t sound at all like the man I spoke to before.”

Willingham said the meritless attack on Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight, Councilman Reuben Blackwell and City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney is part of a pattern of character assassinations of black leaders.

Wood is white; Willingham is black. Knight, Blackwell and Small-Toney are black. All five officials are Democrats.

Wood’s report details Knight benefiting from write-offs of nearly $50,000 in unpaid utility bills, a nonprofit run by Blackwell inappropriately receiving city grant funding and Small-Toney spending taxpayer dollars on extravagant meals.

Wood said many of Willingham’s criticisms fall flat. (Read more)

Rocky Mount NC – Beth Wood Completed Audit, Full Council Responded But They Big Mad Because Council Released The Draft Response

On Thursday May 14 the Rocky Mount City Council released their response to the draft audit from Beth Woods State Auditor. It appears that Beth became angry because the release went out before she released the audit on Friday May 15.

I respond to the facts as presented and do not add to or take away.

The Rocky Mount full city council had a set date they had to respond to the audit findings about how they would respond to the recommendations. This means that the council members had the audit draft for around a month if I heard Mayor Sandy Roberson correctly this morning on the WHIG-TV Morning Show where he and Lindell John Kay former Rocky Mount Telegram Reporter and now a reporter at the Spring Hope Enterprise.

Beth said no one has ever released their response to her draft audit nor in the history of an audit being released. My question is is that illegal? If it is then what?

It appea and Councilman Lige Daughtridge Community Council have a lot to say. My question is what did they say when they met to respond to the auditor draft findings.

I have seen many articles in the Wilson Times and the Rocky Mount Telegram along with discussion on WHIG-TV and on Facebook.

Yes this mess is about Race & Power also.

My question is since Beth Woods State Auditor says she has turned over the information to certain agencies so why all the discussion and not wait for the response from the agencies?

I will wait on the report from the agencies because anything anyone else has to say is irrelevant for me.

I am for justice no matter who it is for or against. I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest.

Curmilus Butch Dancy II 2020

 

Pastors Saying It Is Not About Going Back In The Church It Is About Constitutional Rights

Wow! This is quite interesting because it took a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) for some Pastors and church folk to realize there is such a thing as Constitutional Rights.

In the scenes I seen on TV last week where Caucasian Pastors and church folk protested and filed a motion against Governor Roy Cooper asking that the church open to no more than 10 folk when having inside services. It was funny to me that Black Pastors that I have seen on Facebook mad because they can’t have all of their members inside of the church, I didn’t see none of them at the protest nor make comments anywhere. Oh but they hiding behind the Caucasians protest ready to move in. 

So with all that has been going on in this world as it relates to Constitutional Rights being violated when it comes to Black folk, where in the hell have these Black and Caucasian Pastors and church folk been?

Oh they don’t want to talk about them trues.

Continue on because I am going to see what the outcome going to be while this 14 day temporary order against our Governor who has the best interest of all folk lives at heart even though Black folk are the ones that they say are more than likely to contract the coronavirus.

Now Run & Tell That While I Wait!

Curmilus Butch Dancy II 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Rocky Mount State Rep. Shelly Willingham Respond To State Auditor Beth Woods & The Special Cs White Supremacy Movement

The Political Agitator’s response: Thank you Rep. Willingham for responding to the audit and the Special Cs White Supremacy Movement. I have been actively engaged in Rocky Mount Politics and I know the whole truths behind all of this. This has nothing to do with audit findings and the recommendations because if it did Beth, Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson, Councilman Lige Daughtridge Community Council and other Special Cs would not be trying to use scare tactics.

The headlines in a recent edition of the Rocky Mount Telegram read “Local Leaders Lament the Results of the State Audit.” As a resident and NC State Representative who represents Rocky Mount, I consider myself a local leader; however, I was never contacted about the audit report. I too, am lamenting the audit report because it is supposed to be an independent, unbiased and professional assessment in the investigation of the City of Rocky Mount.

We are amidst a global pandemic, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 is impacting racial and ethnic minority groups at a disproportional rate than others. As of the census of 2010, the racial makeup of the City of Rocky Mount was 61.3% African American, 32.4% White, 0.6% Native American, 1.0% Asian, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 3.7% of the population.

Now more than ever before, it is important that elected officials and government staff continue to work with all stakeholders in addressing the coronavirus crisis, by continuing every measure possible to ensure the well-being and safety of all citizens. Instead, after State Auditor Beth A. Wood put out her Investigative Report on the City of Rocky Mount, citizens are focusing on and have a number of questions as to why two black elected officials and a black female City Manager are being attacked, without merit.

One of the primary concerns is the possible collusion between Wood and City of Rocky Mount Mayor Sandy Roberson, who according to an on-line article posted by WRAL on May 15, 2020, “Roberson and Wood are meeting on Monday…” Also, on the same day, without validating, Roberson issued a press release misguiding the public by saying:
1) “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.
2) The City has failed to provide adequate internal audit processes that would allow it to defend its position with confidence and factual evidence.
3) Governance in Rocky Mount has far too long dealt in a perceived secrecy and behind closed doors process.”
This in turn, raised additional questions. In the spirit of full transparency, constituents want answers to the following:
▪ What complaints were made?
▪ Who are the 213 complainants identified in the Investigative Report (which represents approximately .39 % of the total population)?
▪ If the complaints made led to an audit and no arrest has been made, why is there ongoing discussions between Wood and Roberson?
▪ How were the individuals,’ disclosed in the document, names made public?
▪ Why was only one account holder who received write-offs investigated and not others?
▪ Who are the other account holders who received write-offs and what were their amounts?
▪ Why is the current City Manager being implicated when she was not employed until 2017 and many of the allegations date back to 1999?
There appears to be a pattern of individual assassination of black individuals’ character and a personal attack made on black leadership who were duly elected by the citizens and justifiably appointed by the City Council. The City agreed to and has already begun to implement recommendations of the Investigative Report. After reading the State Auditor’s Final Investigative Report, including the City’s Response to the Auditor’s finding and the City of Rocky Mount pre-audit press release, one can only ascertain that there is a single reason behind this audit – to attack and discredit people of color.

Economic progress and development is occurring at an unprecedented rate in Rocky Mount. All sectors of our City are growing and prospering, even in a COVID-19 pandemic environment. While persisting inequities and disparities cannot be changed in a few years, downtown is seeing more diverse small businesses open, on both Edgecombe and Nash sides of Rocky Mount. Life is being brought back to buildings built in the late 1800s and early 1900s that have not been fully operational since the 1960s. Retail sales are up double digits in Edgecombe County and east Rocky Mount. New and renovated housing developments are evident throughout the entire City. Private and public developers are investing in Downtown Rocky Mount and building new housing for all citizens to enjoy. This is good news and much of the development is a result of collaboration with all people for the benefit of everyone in our entire region.

This audit process and report has been a major distraction from moving our City forward when people are contracting a disease that has killed tens of thousands of people in America and even more across the world. The Audit has been finalized and we would like the questions answered and request that the State Auditor’s Office bring a speedy end to their interference with Rocky Mount’s economic, social and political well-being. Further, we request that the $60 million hotel and parking garage development project be placed for consideration on the next Local Government Commission’s agenda so that we can continue to grow our City.

As a member of The House State and Local Government Committee, I will seek advice on my concerns about the State Auditor’s Office might be addressed.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The headlines in a recent edition of the Rocky Mount Telegram read “Local Leaders Lament the Results of the State Audit.” As a resident and NC State Representative who represents Rocky Mount, I consider myself a local leader; however, I was never contacted about the audit report. I too, am lamenting the audit report because it is supposed to be an independent, unbiased and professional assessment in the investigation of the City of Rocky Mount. We are amidst a global pandemic, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 is impacting racial and ethnic minority groups at a disproportional rate than others. As of the census of 2010, the racial makeup of the City of Rocky Mount was 61.3% African American, 32.4% White, 0.6% Native American, 1.0% Asian, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 3.7% of the population.

Now more than ever before, it is important that elected officials and government staff continue to work with all stakeholders in addressing the coronavirus crisis, by continuing every measure possible to ensure the well-being and safety of all citizens. Instead, after State Auditor Beth A. Wood put out her Investigative Report on the City of Rocky Mount, citizens are focusing on and have a number of questions as to why two black elected officials and a black female City Manager are being attacked, without merit.One of the primary concerns is the possible collusion between Wood and City of Rocky Mount Mayor Sandy Roberson, who according to an on-line article posted by WRAL on May 15, 2020, “Roberson and Wood are meeting on Monday...” Also, on the same day, without validating, Roberson issued a press release misguiding the public by saying:

1) “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.
2) The City has failed to provide adequate internal audit processes that would allow it to defend its position with confidence and factual evidence.
3) Governance in Rocky Mount has far too long dealt in a perceived secrecy and behind closed doors process.”
This in turn, raised additional questions. In the spirit of full transparency, constituents want answers to the following:
▪ What complaints were made?
▪ Who are the 213 complainants identified in the Investigative Report (which represents approximately .39 % of the total population)?
▪ If the complaints made led to an audit and no arrest has been made, why is there ongoing discussions between Wood and Roberson?
▪ How were the individuals,’ disclosed in the document, names made public?
▪ Why was only one account holder who received write-offs investigated and not others?
▪ Who are the other account holders who received write-offs and what were their amounts?
▪ Why is the current City Manager being implicated when she was not employed until 2017 and many of the allegations date back to 1999?
There appears to be a pattern of individual assassination of black individuals’ character and a personal attack made on black leadership who were duly elected by the citizens and justifiably appointed by the City Council. The City agreed to and has already begun to implement recommendations of the Investigative Report. After reading the State Auditor’s Final Investigative Report, including the City’s Response to the Auditor’s finding and the City of Rocky Mount pre-audit press release, one can only ascertain that there is a single reason behind this audit – to attack and discredit people of color. Economic progress and development is occurring at an unprecedented rate in Rocky Mount. All sectors of our City are growing and prospering, even in a COVID-19 pandemic environment. While persisting inequities and disparities cannot be changed in a few years, downtown is seeing more diverse small businesses open, on both Edgecombe and Nash sides of Rocky Mount. Life is being brought back to buildings built in the late 1800s and early 1900s that have not been fully operational since the 1960s. Retail sales are up double digits in Edgecombe County and east Rocky Mount. New and renovated housing developments are evident throughout the entire City. Private and public developers are investing in Downtown Rocky Mount and building new housing for all citizens to enjoy. This is good news and much of the development is a result of collaboration with all people for the benefit of everyone in our entire region. This audit process and report has been a major distraction from moving our City forward when people are contracting a disease that has killed tens of thousands of people in America and even more across the world. The Audit has been finalized and we would like the questions answered and request that the State Auditor's Office bring a speedy end to their interference with Rocky Mount's economic, social and political well-being. Further, we request that the $60 million hotel and parking garage development project be placed for consideration on the next Local Government Commission's agenda so that we can continue to grow our City.

As a member of The House State and Local Government Committee, I will seek advice on my concerns about the State Auditor’s Office might be addressed.

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Rocky Mount NC – The Fight With Rocky Mount & Black Leadership Is About POWER!

This is not about a few damn crumbs when there are Caucasians that have worked and work for the city that has thousands of dollars that they had and have access to freely. There has been thousands of write-offs that were not talked about in the audit from what I have heard over the years so therefore if we going to talk about write-offs let’s talk about everybody.

Folk need to understand what is at stake as it relates to Black Leadership and wealth in the Twin Counties.

The problem is that the Special Cs recognize and understand that with Black Leadership in position they have the power to name Black folk and Caucasians to some powerful local and state boards that are held by all Caucasians now that was chosen by Caucasian previous leadership.

The Special Cs are attempting to use scare tactics by trying to play upon Black and Caucasian folk intelligence talking about the poor. What in the hell have been done for poor Black and Caucasian folk in the Twin County before the current leadership? Tell me what these Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens have done for Black folk and poor Caucasians?

I have been actively engaged in Twin County Politics since the late 80’s so folk can’t just talk to me about mess because I already know the issues, know the folk on both sides so I can talk about it.

I remember when I first got active in the Edgecombe County Democratic Party Black & Caucasians used to fight in the meetings like cats and dogs because the Caucasians held majority of the Party Offices and Elected Seats in the County. As the years went by we watched the trend that the county would eventually become an even population by race and/or that one day the county would become a majority Black so the leadership needed to reflect such.

Well for several years now Edgecombe County Democratic Party Officers and Executive Committee has been the majority so therefore the Blacks have been able to appoint Black and Caucasian leadership.

But look across the state and see who we have representing us from Edgecombe County and the 1st Congressional District in Raleigh NC (State Capitol) and Washington DC (House and Senate). Look who are representing Rocky Mount Nash County.

Black folk do you know anything about the Wilmington Race Riot? Research it and report back.

Black folk and poor Caucasians you better recognize and understand what is at stake here.

It is no doubt that Mayor Sandy Roberson and Councilman Lige Daughtridge Community Council mission is carry out the duties of the Special Cs and Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens to take back their city.

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Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Pinetops, NC