Question For Me: Edgecombe County Sheriff Appointment Lack Of Communication By Design Because Of Chair Rev. Roosevelt Higgs Mess

These are the kinds of conversations that I am having almost daily by folk who are trying to figure out what is going on. This should not be.

Them: tell me who gets to vote for the sheriff, i was told all democratic elected officials do, is that true

My response: The precinct chair/vice chair of all precincts and all Democratic Elected Officials.

Them: does that that mean i would go to the executive meeting and vote

My response: Are you a registered Democrat?

Them: Yes

My response: So you should get a letter from the county party about the meeting whenever the ignant chair Higgs call the meeting.

Them: haha ok so would all our commissioners get a vote if they are registered democrats

My response: Yes all Elected Democrats. Precinct chairs like myself and my vice chair got 1 vote each for a total of 2 votes. Some precincts have up to 26 votes.

Them: so then we will get a letter from the democratic party to come to the meeting to vote

My response: Yes suppose to all voting members must be notified.

 

 

 

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Edgecombe County Sheriff Candidate Cleveland (Clee) Atkinson Jr. Cover Letter Sent To Edgecombe County Democratic Party

The following is a candidate seeking the appointment for the Edgecombe County Sheriff Office to replace Sheriff James Knight who will officially retire on February 28, 2017. The office of Sheriff will become vacant on March 1, 2017 until the Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee meet and vote on a candidate. The name voted on by the ECDP will be given to the Edgecombe County Commissioners and they will appoint the interim Sheriff until the 2018 elections.

 

Cleveland Atkinson, Jr.
145 S. Kirkwood Ave. * Rocky Mount NC 27801
M) 252.885.6467 * E)
cajr@embarqmail.com

 

January 30, 2017

Edgecombe County Democratic Party
P.O. Box 6774
Rocky Mount, North Carolina 27802

To whom it may concern:

I, Cleveland (Clee) Atkinson, Jr., announce my candidacy for sheriff of Edgecombe County. I believe I am the most qualified candidate for the office. I have more than 20 years in law enforcement and I am currently assigned to the Governor’s Security Detail for North Carolina’s own, Governor Roy Cooper. I have served Edgecombe County in a law enforcement capacity since February 1997, most notably as a member of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

As you will see from the attached biography, I have built my career in a variety of roles. Those roles have involved mentoring youth and law enforcement officers, logging countless volunteer hours with service organizations, in and around Edgecombe County, speaking to area churches, schools, and colleges on safety issues/concerns, and training and re-training thousands of law enforcement officers across North Carolina. In addition, over the past 20 years, I have earned many public safety certifications, advanced law enforcement training and management training. I am well aware of what it takes to multitask while remaining organized and efficient.

As Sheriff of Edgecombe County, my goal is to be one of high standards, professionalism and of good moral excellence. I will have an open door policy with my deputies and provide a listening ear to our citizens. I will continue to build trust in the Sheriff’s Office by being visible, active in the community, and by increasing the transparency of the Sheriff’s Office.

Last, but certainly not least; I want you to know that it is an honor for me to take this journey. I am passionate about becoming the future Sheriff of Edgecombe County and at the possibility of becoming part of the Edgecombe County team. I hope you will join me in strengthening our foundation and developing forward thinking strategies that will allow us to work hard and stay focused on serving our community to our fullest potential.

I ask that you, my fellow citizens of Edgecombe County, put your trust in me to be your next Sheriff. Your vote and support will be humbly appreciated.

God bless you and your families,

Mr. Cleveland Atkinson, Jr.

Note: The following photo from my Facebook Photo Albums. You can click on the photo to see a video of Clee speaking at Salem Chapel MBC several months ago.
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All candidates can send their cover letter and any other information you would like to share to thedcn@embarqmail.com and I will post it on my blog which automatically goes to my Facebook, Twitter and Linkedln Social Media pages. I am a member of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee so I have a voice and a vote.

The DCN News Blog Online/TV has not endorsed any candidate yet but will do so after the Sheriff Forum on February 16, 2017

Edgecombe County Democratic Party Sheriff Appointment Could Be Done On March 6 Instead Of April 3 But Higgs

Today Rev. Roosevelt Higgs Edgecombe County Democratic Party Chair was on “Your Morning With Yolanda” hosted by Dr. Glenda L. Knight Secretary of the party talking about the upcoming appointment process to replace Sheriff James L. Knight.

I am a precinct chair so therefore I have a vote and I have a voice. Trust me I will not be silent during the process.

Higgs said one thing he wanted folk to know is the process was going to be fair and open process. Really? What that suppose to mean?

Higgs said we did the same thing in 1997 when Knight got appointed. Well this time is different. Back then former Sheriff Phil Ellis resigned without giving a notice and left. Sheriff Knight has given a notice in January and his retirement is effective February 28. Therefore the party could have scheduled a candidates forum since the Sheriff gave his official resignation notice and then we could meet between on March 1 – 5 to actually vote so that we could give a name to the Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners on March 6 so that the appointment could go into effect the 1st of March. But Higgs has taken it upon himself to call a meeting on March 23 and the commissioners next meeting will be on April 3. This makes no sense because we should have a name to be presented to the commissioners on March 6.

Now all interested persons seeking the appointment you need to know the difference in an appointment and an election. This is an appointment so therefore you need to know who the Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee members are that have a vote. You need to know how many votes a precinct chair and vice chair has. Upon request this should be made available by the secretary Dr. Glenda L. Knight and/or Rev. Roosevelt Higgs Chair. I have requested the information and has not received it. This is public information and all Democratic Party members should be able to receive it. From what I am hearing Higgs is not giving it to anyone. The party does not have email nor a social media site so therefore the only information made available will be through the United Postal Service.

Folk have been asking me who are the names that I have heard seeking the appointment. I have told them the names I have heard but I had not talked to but one of the candidates and that was Highway Patrol Clee Atkinson because he was trying to make me aware he was interested after reading The DCN News Blog/Online TV. He wanted to know how could he obtain information about who the voting members are and etc. Today I met with Chief Deputy Allen Moseley. I have heard from a couple of folk and some from within the Sheriff Department. I am going to leave that right there. I am not going to call the names anymore until I hear from them. I have asked both of these guys to send me their information that I can post on my social media pages and when I receive it I will post it.

I am asking all Edgecombe County Democrats to ask the party chair Rev. Roosevelt Higgs (252) 907-8311 why has not call a meeting with the Edgecombe County Democratic Executive Committee between March 1 – 5 so we can have a name to submit to the Edgecombe County Commissioners so that we can have a person to to step right in Sheriff Knight role in just a few days vs waiting all of February and all of March.

See the Press Release that went out from Rev. Roosevelt Higgs Edgecombe County Democratic Party Chair, “Edgecombe County Democratic Party Prepare To Recommend Sheriff Replacement.” The Press Release give information as to where and who to send your information if you are interested in the appointment.

The Edgecombe County Democratic Women will host a Sheriff forum for all persons interested in the Sheriff appointment on February 16, 2017 6:00 PM Edgecombe County Administration Building Auditorium 201 St. Andrews Street. Contact Melanie Golf Bradley Secretary ECDW (252) 813-3990 or you can contact me and Ex-Officio Member at (252) 314-5484.

But Higgs!