Video/Photos: Edgecombe County Commissioners Passes Budget 4-3 Down Racial Lines Voting For A 3.5% Tax Increase And No Reduction In Force

The Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners continued a recessed meeting on Monday June 30, 2014 7 PM. The meeting was called to order followed by a prayer.

During the Public Hearing with a standing room only and citizens sitting in the hallway listening to the comments via speakers in the hallway. One side of the room was a majority of School Administrators and the other side was Department of Social Services Administrators. Several citizens from both sides of the room and a couple from the hallway spoke out against the most recent proposed budget that had been on display to be voted on last night. All of the speakers asked the commissioners to reconsider the budget proposal on the table.

See the comments and the motions that were made, motions that died due to a lack of a 2nd and withdrawal of support. I feel the last motion that was made was the best motion and it pass 4-3 along racial lines. I strongly support the vote and I am still trying to figure out what the 3 commissioners whom voted against the motion interest they had in mind because it damn sure was not the county employees. However it was evident they wanted to make sure they looked out for the school system and didn’t give a damn about the Department of Social Services. It is evident that the majority of the school employees are white and the majority of the Department of Social Services are black. But that should not have been an issue because they ought to have been concerned about all of the employees.

I am Curmilus Dancy II The Political Agitator now this is my ignant ass opinion and I stand behind ME! Now view the video and you can form your own opinion.

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Judge orders DSS director Scott back to work – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — Marva Scott resumed her duties as the director of the Edgecombe County Department of Social Services (DSS) on Monday following a court ruling earlier in the day.

“Mrs. Scott looks forward to resuming her service to the people of Edgecombe County without further disruption or cost to the community,” said Scott’s lawyer, Kyle Nutt. (More)

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Edgecombe social services director returns to post – Rocky Mount Telegram

Edgecombe social services director returns to post – Rocky Mount Telegram

An N.C. Superior Court Judge ruled this week that Edgecombe County must allow Marva Scott to return to work as director of social services while awaiting a hearing on an appeal.

During a hearing Monday in N.C. Superior Court in Tarboro, Alma Hinton, senior resident Superior Court judge for the First Division Court of North Carolina, denied Edgecombe County’s motion to stay. If granted, the stay would have allowed the county to hold off on reinstating Scott until the county’s appeal is resolved. (More)

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Breaking News: Marva Scott Fired Edgecombe County Department Of Social Services Director Was Back On The Job Today 

Marva Scott

Judge rules to reinstate Scott as DSS director – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — Marva Scott, who was terminated as director of the Edgecombe County Department of Social Services (DSS) last Feb. 29, has her job back.

On Dec. 20, A North Carolina Administrative Law Judge Augustus B. Elkins II ruled that Scott, be reinstated after he failed to find “just cause” for Scott’s termination.  The case in question was whether Scott “intentionally bent rules for at least one of [her] church members, to-wit, encouraging C.B. to apply for a position, “Social Worker II,” after the deadline of the posting period had closed, allowing the application to be considered after the posting period, and then selecting C.B. over qualified applicants that submitted their applications in a timely manner.” (More)

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Final Decision Order Granting Petitioner’s Motion For Summary Judgment Back Pay And Attorney Fees Marva G. Scott Edgecombe County Social Services Director 

Breaking News: Judge orders Edgecombe to re-hire former DSS chief (Marva Scott) – Rocky Mount Telegram
Marva Scott Edgecombe County Social Services Director Sources Say She Won The Lawsuit Against Edgecombe County
Marva Scott fired after 73-day suspension – Daily Southerner

Marva G. Scott 

Knight v. Higgs Court of Appeals Case – Knight Wins

Breaking News: Judge orders Edgecombe to re-hire former DSS chief (Marva Scott) – Rocky Mount Telegram

In response: Remember this The DCN broke this story on October 29, 2012: Marva Scott Edgecombe County Social Services Director Sources Say She Won The Lawsuit Against Edgecombe County.

Here we go again another lawsuit in Edgecombe County. Damn I remember when some of these same Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners were involved in another lawsuit. When will they ever learn?

I remember when the Board of Commissioners allowed the Edgecombe County Board of Elections following the lead of Rev. Roosevelt Higgs to try to remove Rocky Mount City Councilmember Rev. Andre Knight from his seat on the council in the early 2000’s. Knight was and is also the President of the Rocky Mount Branch NAACP. Knight appealed and won, the county appealed and lost. They had to pay Knight attorney’s fees. Knight is still on the board today.

I remember when I serving on the N.E.E.D. Inc. Board of Directors as the Vice Chair as a representative of the County Commissioners serving as an appointee via Commissioner Rev. Wayne Hines seat in the late 90’s. While serving the N.E.E.D. Board members were about to act on Mr. A.J. Richardson’s resignation. We were going to send him on his way especially after learning that he had resigned but decided to stay several times but the deciding factor for us was there were some real issues and we wanted to clean up the organization and take it to another level.

An elderly friend and mentor who I had met before serving on the N.E.E.D. board William Hobbs former N.E.E.D. Inc. treasurer and former Internal Revenue Agent that retired in New Jersey served as a Nash County Commissioner representative and they kicked him off and they told Edgecombe County Commissioners under the leadership of the former County Manager Joe Durham to kick me off. I went to the meeting that Wednesday evening and Durham and Hines came to the meeting and removed me and Hines took his seat back on the board. Mr. Richardson lived in Nash County.

I used to attend the Social Services Board meetings back in the late 90’s and the early 2000’s when Hobert Freeman was the director. I don’t think I attended any meetings after Freeman left however I served on the Edgecombe County Workfirst Hearing Committee and continued to do that until it was replaced with a new program.

Edgecombe County hired the 1st Black director Marvin Rouse and when he retired Marva Scott was hired. I had heard a lot of noise about her and it appears that several employees were not happy about working under her leadership. So when I heard about her being fired I was not shocked.

So here we go again another lawsuit. In my opinion the attorney that represented the Commissioners in both of these lawsuits obviously gave them some ignant advice. Now I know the one in the Knight vs Higgs case gave them some ignant advice. I know because I was there and participated in the process plus videoed everything except I missed one hearing held with the Board of Elections.

Well I can’t wait to see how Edgecombe County will move forward on this so I will be following this one closely to see will they appeal or will they just pay Scott out?

An N.C. administrative law judge has ruled that Edgecombe County must re-hire former Social Services Director Marva G. Scott.

Judge Augustus B. Elkins II issued a ruling in favor of Scott’s motion for summary judgement in her appeal of the Feb. 29 decision by the county Social Services Board to fire her due to what the board described as personnel issues. Scott had been suspended by the board in December 2011 following several run-ins with board members. (More)

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Marva Scott Edgecombe County Social Services Director Sources Say She Won The Lawsuit Against Edgecombe County

Mava Scott 

Knight v. Higgs Court of Appeals Case – Knight Wins

Homegoing for Clifton Bell “Cliff” Hickman Former Social Service Assistant Director Edgecombe County

My condolence goes out to the Hickman family on the loss of your love one Clifton Hickman.

Script.: Read Eccles. 3 and know, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”

Song: He Has His Hands On You – Marvin Sapp

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I used to serve on the Edgecombe County Social Services Welfare Extensions Hearing Committee and so I got to know Bro. Hickman. I use to attend the Social Services Board meetings. I also ran into him from time to time in community meetings. Cliff loved working with Social Services. I was shocked to hear of his illness and then more shocked to learn of his passing. RIP my brother.

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Perdue Farms hosts job fair here Wednesday – Source: The Daily Southerner

The Daily Southerner — There are some jobs on the horizon for some in Edgecombe County. It Starts With "U", the Edgecombe County Department of Social Services and the Workforce Development Training Center are sponsoring a job fair Wednesday with Perdue Farms in Robersonville. "We’re trying to do all that we can due to the economic condition of the county," said ISWU Project Director Taliferro Blue. (Read more)