Auditor maintains councilman received ‘preferential treatment’

The Political Agitator’s response: So why does Beth continue to respond to reporters Bill West and Lindell John Kay since she said the audit was over? She said she has turned over her findings to some agencies in which she has not named. Since she has turned over the information to some agencies why in the hell Bill and Lindell are not doing articles about the agencies? Well my ignant opinion is they either don’t want to or have and don’t want to report their response. I also wonder if this is more about somehow trying to get make Beth look bad since she has Republican opposition in November. But what I feel is clear to me is the intent is to keep feeding Racist Special Cs and they will continue to post ignant mess along with Fighting Crime, Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens, WHIG-TV, Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson, Randy Adcox, LoveRockyMount, J. Keith Harris, and some others. So if Bill and Lindell ain’t going to do articles on the agencies where Beth said she turned her findings over to, what is their motive?

State Auditor Beth Wood told the Telegram she stands by the report she and her team made public more than a month ago of the probe of the City of Rocky Mount’s finances and operations.

Specifically, Wood said she believes that an email more than four years ago from then-City Manager Charles Penny to City Finance Director Amy Staton shows Councilman Andre Knight went from being handled in the normal course of utility business to being handled personally by Penny.

“That is preferential treatment,” Wood said. “He’s not being treated like every other customer that is paying for their utilities to the city — receiving those utilities and paying for them through the city.”

Wood was commenting Thursday in response to a statement the municipality issued in response to stories locally about emails in June 2016 between Penny and Staton, this about Knight’s utilities accounts.

The emails show Penny made clear he wanted the municipal Business Services Center not to phone Knight about Knight’s utilities accounts and told Staton, “If there is an issue go through you or me. Thanks.” Staton emailed back saying “ok.” (Read more)

City emails confirm orders about Knight’s utility bills

The Political Agitator’s response: So where in the email does it say Andre Knight told them to do anything? Just help me to understand. It appears the newspaper articles are to continue to bring about division in Rocky Mount as it relates to the audit. Beth Wood said she was done and turned her findings over to some agencies. So why keep writing redundant articles?

Emails more than four years ago between then-City Manager Charles Penny and City Finance Director Amy Staton indeed make clear the municipal Business Services Center was not to phone Knight about Knight’s utilities accounts.

Specifically, an email from Penny to Staton said, “If there is an issue either go through you or me. Thanks.”

A follow-up email from Penny to Staton said those accounts were for locations along Cherry Street in the Hillsdale area, Greenfield Drive in the northwestern part of the city and Cleo Street in the South Rocky Mount area.

Staton, in her email response, told Penny “ok.”

The emails are dated June 10, 2016, and were obtained on Wednesday from the City of Rocky Mount by the Telegram via a request under the State Public Records Act.

Knight could not be reached for comment via phone.

Knight has been a focus of much attention because of a May 15 report of a probe by State Auditor Beth Wood and her team of the City of Rocky Mount’s finances and operations. (Read more)

Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson Prove What Is Not True?

The Political Agitator’s response. I know damn well Sandy Claus is not asking Councilman Knight to prove this isn’t true on Facebook when the appropriate thing to do would be to ask him during a city council meeting.

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