Rocky Mount City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney Respond To Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson Directing City Police Sgt. R. Rogers To Deliver Special Meeting Notice To All Council Members

imageGreetings Mayor Roberson,

I am sure that you are aware that the Chief of Police reports directly to me, the City Manager.  Why then are you directing the Chief to be prepared for something that you have not spoken to me about?

What are you asking Chief Robinson to do? I am unclear on the role of the Chief if any, in “compelling” the attendance of members of Council to a meeting by taking them into custody.

I have read  Article I Section 34a of the Code of Ordinances on Quorums that speaks to taking members into custody and this section does not state who is to take Council members who are not attending a meeting into custody and where do they take them once they are in custody and for how long do they remain in custody?image

I am requesting that Jep provides legal guidance to me and the members of Council as to this process, and in particular that the direction of the Police Chief is vested in the City Manager per the Code of Ordinances Chapter IV Police Department Section 140 a,b,c and d.

What role then does the Police Chief play in this and why are you reaching out to him directly?

As you will note below according to Clerk Casey, Council members Knight, Walker, Joyner and Miller thus far have informed that they will not be in attendance at the Thursday, Special Call Meeting and an alternative meeting date and time has been offered by one Council member and agreed upon by another.

I look forward to further direction from Mayor and Council and the City Attorney.

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The Political Agitator’s response: All I am asking is for everyone on both sides to allow the process to work itself out. There is a Regular Committee of the Whole Meeting and Regular City Council Meeting next Tuesday so again this validates that Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson is trying to use his political power to create division instead of the unity that he continues to lie about. How in the hell do you create unity by not allowing the process to work itself out? Folk y’all better wake the hell up because the only way to bring closure to this is to let the process work itself out. But that is not on the Ignant Racist Special Cs and Ignant Safe Negro Black Folk agenda.

Steak, lobster, credit and free utilities: Audit says Rocky Mount misused taxpayer funds

By Lindell J. Kay | lkay@wilsontimes.com | 252-265-8117

ROCKY MOUNT — A scathing state audit report released Friday paints a picture of officials who used City Hall as their personal ATM while bilking taxpayers of thousands of dollars.

The report issued by N.C. State Auditor Beth Wood includes information on a councilman with nearly $50,000 in unpaid utility bills, a city manager who ate lobster and steak on the city’s dime, a former mayor who owes $30,000 in subdivision engineering costs and another councilman’s organization that received inappropriate grant funding and didn’t repay loans.

Rocky Mount City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney failed to comply with city travel policies. Unallowable expenses included meals for city council members’ spouses with the costs for each meal far exceeding the allowable per diem rate. Specifically, Small-Toney used the city’s credit card to charge an average of $95.40 per person for one meal and $50.69 per person for the other meal instead of the allowable $21 per diem dinner rate. (Read more)

Small-Toney’s meal expenses targeted by audit

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A report by State Auditor Beth Wood and her team took City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney to task for spending taxpayer funds on unallowable travel expenses, including in an extravagant manner in instances.

The report, which was made public on Friday, said Small-Toney, who has been the city’s chief day-to-day operations officer since July 2017, disregarded established city policy regulating spending while traveling.

2 councilmen, city manager, former mayor implicated in Rocky Mount financial probe

By Lindell J. Kay | lkay@wilsontimes.com | 252-265-8117

ROCKY MOUNT — City officials tried to mislead the public with a press release about an investigation into City Hall’s finances, State Auditor Beth Wood said Thursday.

“The actual report will refute quite a bit of what’s in the city response,” Wood said. “Much of the information in their press release is inaccurate.”

Wood said city officials don’t have the authority to release confidential information from a draft audit report.

The city’s statement, released at noon Thursday, lists five findings in the report along with mitigating explanations.

The press release also fails to name any city officials involved in nonpayment of utility bills, loans and other apparent malfeasance.

“The real story will be released tomorrow,” Wood said Thursday afternoon. The report will be uploaded to the state auditor’s website at 10 a.m. Friday.

According to the press release, the city wrote off a councilman’s unpaid utility bills. (Read More)

I Love Me Some Rochelle Small-Toney City Manager Rocky Mount NC

I love a strong educated God fearing Black Woman. Rocky Mount City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney has not disappointed me although I had some doubts about how she would endure the lynching that she began to receive day one after the announcement of her hiring.

When Small-Toney came to Rocky Mount the Special Cs lynched her from the start. But because she is the strong educated God fearing Black Woman that she is, she has come in promoted and hired some strong qualified candidates. If you listen to the Special Cs you would think that she only hires Black folk. I dare anyone to check the record to see what is the make up of the city staff and report back.

I understand that the Special Cs on the Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens Facebook page are having a lynching time because of the announcement Small-Toney most recent promotion and hiring of 2 strong educated professional Black Women.

It is sad that over the years when Caucasians were in charge of running things in Rocky Mount it was no problem. But now since there has been qualified Blacks in leadership roles within the city and on the council, Special Cs are really showing how racist they can be.

My question to Rocky Mount citizens is what the fuss?

It is time for the Special Cs to end the lynching and to get onboard and stop their distractions. It is time to allow the leadership in Rocky Mount to do their jobs without having to deal with the racist rhetoric that has no merit. It is obviously clear that even the audit that the Special Cs pushed has found no fault.

I want to challenge the citizens of Rocky Mount to look at what is going on for yourself as it relates to the leadership of Rocky Mount how the city is progressing in spite of the past almost 2 years that there has been a lynching of Black Leadership. But if you look at the total picture you will see all of the leadership is working together for the better of all the citizens.

Thank you Rochelle Small-Toney for a job well done.

Council OKs moratorium on utility disconnections – William F. West Rocky Mount Telegram

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The City Council on Thursday voted to temporarily keep the municipality from disconnecting utility services due to nonpayment of bills.

The council did so to help ease the burden on customers anticipating economic hardships as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The council’s action is in place until revoked by the seven-member panel.

Councilman Andre Knight, who doubles as mayor pro tem, first led a work session in the council chamber on Thursday at which the subject of utilities was discussed. Mayor Sandy Roberson subsequently chaired a council meeting, also in the council chamber, at which the vote was taken.

Click on following links. Council OKs moratorium on utility disconnections

Councilmen spar over shut-off moratorium – By William F. West Staff Rocky Mount Telegram

Rocky Mount NC – Nominations open for City Manager’s Award

Nominations open for City Manager’s Award

Rocky Mount, N.C. – City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney is accepting nominations from employees and citizens for the first installment of the City Manager’s Award, which will be presented to city of Rocky Mount employees who best exemplify the organization’s core values of Customer-Centered Service, Professionalism, Respect, Teamwork & Leadership a]nd Supportive Work Environment.

“I believe city of Rocky Mount employees are unmatched in their daily commitment to their jobs and the service of our citizens,” Small-Toney said. “It’s my pleasure to begin this awards process, which will bring to the forefront some of the outstanding work done by city employees.”

Nominations should include a detailed and accurate account about what makes their nominee outstanding and how that employee exhibits the city’s core values. Nominations can be submitted online via rockymountnc.gov., emailed to the Communications, Marketing and Public Relations Office via jessie.nunery@rockymountnc.gov, and drop boxes at various city facilities.

Deadline submission of nominations are March 31 (April award), June 30 (July award), September 30 (October award) and November 30 (December award).

The recipients will receive a trophy, certificate and letter of commendation signed by the city manager quarterly and recognized during the luncheon at the annual Employee Appreciation Event.

About Rocky Mount The city of Rocky Mount, located in the Coastal Plains of North Carolina, was incorporated in 1867 and lies in Edgecombe and Nash Counties. Rocky Mount is a two-time, All-America City on the Tar River. Serving as the Gateway to Eastern North Carolina, the city’s 875 employees serve approximately 58,000 residents daily.
 
The city’s mission is to advance community well-being, safety and quality of life by delivering excellent public services and actively collaborating with the community toward a fulfilling and inspired future for its citizens. As a publicly-owned utility, the city of Rocky Mount is committed to safe, reliable service for its customers and operates in Nash and Edgecombe counties, providing customers with electricity, natural gas, water, wastewater (sewer), refuse, recycling and/or stormwater services.  To learn more, visit http://www.rockymountnc.gov for news and updates.