Tarboro requires agency heads to live in town – Tarboro Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: When I began reading the article and because I know who the councilmembers are and something told me it was going to be about Rocky Mount. That goes to show that white privilege. I sure hate that Othar and Sabrina fell in the trap. Sabrina but there is a difference in a councilman and a department head so that was a poor example, “District 7’s Sabrina Bynum said, “I agree that if a department head lives in town, they’re more interested in the town. If I was a council member in Rocky Mount and lived in Tarboro, I wouldn’t care (as much) about Rocky Mount.” I would love to hear examples of what would make a person living in the city limits care more about the city than a person that do not. When did jobs begin to grade employees on how they love their job due to where they live? I have been working in Rocky Mount for the past 32 years and not only do I love my job, I love Rocky Mount. I know of many folk plant managers, department heads and other who do not live in the city where they work so what I see is some very good qualified folk not applying for a job in the city of Tarboro simply because they don’t live there. I remember when they got mad with the previous Police Chief because he didn’t buy a house in Tarboro but lived in an Apartment. To me requiring a person to move in the city limits is discriminatory. I may could understand it better if the requirement stated lived in the county. But again, I would have a problem with that. Thank you Deborah Jordan for looking at the broader scope and taking in consideration the whole family.

TARBORO — An easy moving, almost sedate meeting of the Tarboro Town Council became lively following a 37-minute closed session when, during council comments, Ward 8 Councilman Garland Shepheard made a motion that would require any future department heads to live within the town limit.

The proposal sparked a half-hour discussion before passing 6-1 with one abstention. Only Ward 6 Councilwoman Deborah Jordan opposed the ordinance while Ward 1 Councilman Othar Woodard abstained.

The ordinance is effective immediately and does not affect any current department heads — a point Shepheard reiterated several times.

Jordan said she had a problem with the ordinance because it would require a family to move when a member took a department head’s job.

“It’s not our business, because the whole family doesn’t work for the town. (It’s) too much in someone’s personal business.” (Read more)

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Tarboro NC – The Tarboro Town Mayor & Town Council Ward 7 Appointees Have Opposition Along With Town Council Ward 1 In The Upcoming Municipal Election

Joseph Pitt was appointed Mayor of Tarboro after the former mayor resigned. Al Braxton former policeman is seeking to replace Joe Pitt. I can’t wait to see what Braxton is going to campaign on.

Wow! Carl Benson is challenging Othar Woodard in Ward 1. That would be a disgrace because Benson used to be on Tarboro 27886 showing just how racist he was. If I am correct he was kicked off.

Sabrina Bynum Pettaway Ward 7 was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Taro Knight. Rev. Roy Gray Sr. and Quincy Robinson are seeking to replace Ward 7. I wonder did these guys sit down with Sabrina and talk to her about the seat? I can’t wait to see what these guys are going to campaign on.

Makes no damn sense that the Edgecombe County Democratic Party did not talk about the upcoming municipal elections to see if all the seats up that the party tried to encourage some Democrats to seek the seats. There is no reason why these Republicans do not have any opposition unless no one would step forward.

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Tarboro council selects pro tem mayor – Rocky Mount Telegram

By Lindell John Kay
Staff Writer

Saturday, October 29, 2016

TARBORO — A first-term councilman has been tapped as the town’s new leader.

Councilman Leo Taylor has been selected by the town council to serve as mayor pro tem.

The council’s former Mayor Pro Tem Taro Knight stepped down at the same meeting, citing his battle with cancer.

Mayor Rick Page resigned earlier this year. With no mayor, the mayor pro tem will conduct town meetings and represent the town with outside entities. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Former Tarboro Town Manager Sam Nobles Will Not Be Charged!

This alone makes no sense. Just my ignant opinion! I ain’t mad with him, maybe if he had stayed longer he would have gotten more.

From the report:

A former town manager who was accused of making hundreds of thousands of dollars in questionable purchases will not face any charges.

A state audit last year said that Sam Noble, former town manager for Tarboro, purchased $365,629.24 worth of items, including handguns, gun holsters, life vests, flashlights, helmets, wetsuits, marine equipment, shirts, coolers, and jackets. After his retirement, Noble returned many of the items to the town, according to the investigation.

After his retirement, Noble returned many of the items to the town, according to the investigation.

After his retirement, Noble returned many of the items to the town, according to the investigation.

If legit why return?

In reference to: No charges will be brought against former town manager for questionable purchases

Tarboro NC: No charges will be brought against former town manager for questionable purchases – WITN

The Political Agitator’s response: Ain’t that nothing! Damn shame!

A former town manager who was accused of making hundreds of thousands of dollars in questionable purchases will not face any charges.

A state audit last year said that Sam Noble, former town manager for Tarboro, purchased $365,629.24 worth of items, including handguns, gun holsters, life vests, flashlights, helmets, wetsuits, marine equipment, shirts, coolers, and jackets. After his retirement, Noble returned many of the items to the town, according to the investigation. (Source: Read more)

Tarboro NC – Garland Shepherd Tarboro City Council Need To Be Replaced, Now Is The Time!

The Political Agitator’s response: I too agree with Candis Owens Shepherd needs to go!
Candis Owens

Tarboro Ward 8 Elections. This will be long just so you know………..

After reading the lead story July 7th in the RM Telegram, “First day filers make election bids official” there was no doubt in my mind that I would respond. I served on the Town Council 4 years, 2 of which I sat beside Garland Shepherd. Again, there is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Shepherd’s primary goal has always been to make the Town Council look as dysfunctional as possible at the expense of every citizen of this town. At many council meetings Mr. Shepherd would ask the same question over and over after his questions had been answered. If he did not hear what he wanted to hear then he continued to hound department heads (nearly) to the point of harassment. In my opinion, Mr. Shepherd feels like he has all of the correct answers and knows the working of the town better than those trained and hired to run the town. Mr. Shepherd has NEVER taken the NC required ethics training. If he has attended any advertised Town Council meetings outside of the regular monthly meetings then I am not aware of them. He did not attend the 2015 weekend Town Council retreat which actually was a good thing. I’m sorry Ward 8 that you were not represented but your Council member chose not to represent you,—again. Actually, it was reported to me that more was accomplished at that meeting than had been accomplished in the last 2 years of Council meetings because Mr. Shepherd chose not to represent you, the only absent Council member.

The newspaper story in last Tuesday’s paper quoted Mr. Shepherd as saying, “I’m interested in looking after the people of Tarboro and ensure they have good government. I’ve felt like some things that have come up needed my attention and I don’t want to walk away from that before some issues are resolved. He was quoted as saying he has been happy to see some of the issues he has raised, especially among city parks, addressed, but he still is concerned with the financial investigations into former Tarboro Town Manager Sam Noble and current Mayor Rick Page”. Let me see now………..The only issue Mr. Shepherd had with Parks and Recreation was over the cleanliness of the bathrooms. He talked about that numerous times at Town Council meetings. Is that an issue that grows our town. I don’t think so…….. He got bathrooms on his mind and it was like slinging a snake…………

Now, let’s think about being concerned with financial investigations into former Tarboro Town Manager Sam Noble and current Mayor Rick Page……Mr. Shepherd and Mayor Rick Page, were the only Council members who voted not to send the initial investigative report to the NC State Auditor, Beth Wood. They were perfectly willing to sweep $366,000 in Sam Noble’s questionable reimbursements under the table. (The $366,000 was only for the last 5 years that Mr. Noble was Town Manager as those were the only records found.) Mayor Rick Page was on the Council at the time the vote was taken thus had a vote. It was purely obvious to the remaining Council members that further investigation was not only necessary but the ONLY right thing to do for the citizens of this town.

In another recent RM Telegram article titled, “Ex-Tarboro manager censured by officials”, it was reported that 2 government management associations recently revoked Sam Nobles status as a credentialed local government manager. Webster”s Dictionary defines censure as, “1. An expression of blame or disapproval. 2. An official rebuke”. To be rebuked by ones professional organization is not a small matter—-but a total slam………

According to the article, Martha Perego, the director of ethics for the international association was quoted as saying that, “Noble benefitted from misusing public funds and failed in his ethical duties to protect public resources, follow town policy and set the example of proper behavior for town employees. In making the purchases, Mr. Noble violated town policy by failing to complete purchase orders; used his personal credit card to make the purchases; had many items shipped to his home instead of town office; and failed to sufficiently document the business purpose of the purchases”.

All of this is to say, WARD 8, please wake up and smell the coffee. Your Council representative continues to do all in his power to convince you that the NC State Auditor and “two government management associations” don’t know all that Mr. Shepherd knows and therefore $366,000 is alright to just forget about and sweep under the table instead of allowing the legal process to play out——–OH, and we have clean bathrooms in the parks……

WARD 8 desperately needs someone to step up to the plate and give your ward a choice of whom to vote for.

Our town stands a GREAT chance to move forward or we stand a GREAT chance to move backward 20 years. IT’S UP TO YOU, WARD 8……….

Photos/Video: Tarboro Town Council Meeting Monday October 13, 2014

I was going to name Councilman Garland Sheppard “Councilman No” but almost at the end of the meeting he called himself Stupid so I am going to name him “Councilman Stupid!” Watch video and see why he is stupid. I repeat he called himself Stupid so I am just agreeing with him.

I found the motion to change the seating order to be quite interesting along with much of the meeting. It is never a dull moment because “Councilman Stupid” will keep you laughing.

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