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)