When Joe received his fifteen minutes at the interviews, the one question Walter McKenzie raised was how could Joe be on the council when he is so disliked by the Town and the County.
I don’t know where Walter McKenzie got his information but the facts regarding any so called dislike for Joe or I stem from the Town itself. We have no problem with the county people. In fact when Joe goes to Jasper everyone talks to him because they know he is a good person living in a wrong and corrupt town Even the State Assistant District Attorney who replaced Karen Hatton realized that what the Town had done to us was a complete railroad job and at that time, the charges were dropped.
Walter, perhaps if you walked in someone else’s shoes, you would realize that his life in White Springs was devastating with the Town Officials trying to jail him at his every move and a Camel Club who was relentless in treating us both like dirt.. They laughed at him because of his depression and slandered him and I every chance they got.
When I first moved to town there were the five letters written by Ed Miller disparaging Joe for his public records requests and other criteria for which Joe had the law on his side. There were others involved for much of what transpired, but Joe always was the one who was blamed.
In fact one of our neighbors came to me and said he couldn’t believe that Joe was such a nice person and initially, the neighbor was afraid of him, calling the police when our dog Lump came to his porch. Other neighbors thought what the Town did to Joe was horrible because Joe has always assisted everyone and was a good neighbor.
We had one camel club member after another disparaging us and talking about Joe taking drugs as well as me. Joe had an illness but he is a really sweet guy who would hurt himself, rather than hurting others. We continually received bad e-mails and after a while after certain things happened, I was fearful and Joe’s language became fierce on the blog in order to protect me.
Joe was never in favor of the manner in which the Town was run including the fact that we had a manager who was an alleged Pedophile which even the State protected. Anytime he complained, including what law had been broken, he was treated like dirt by the council.
Since we both have legal, financial and insurance backgrounds as well as charitable and volunteer type work, we applied to the Council to be included as volunteers and we were denied. We probably were the only ones ever who were denied from being volunteers.
The Town made fun of Joe who was in the military for 22 years; first an aircraft pilot and then a helicopter pilot in SE Asia. He has more than one Masters and a bachelor’s degree and what he told the radio station as well as the papers regarding his awards was true, but we both were treated like criminals in the newspaper and were guilty even before being charged. And why did this happen? Because the Town did not wish Joe to win a seat on the council.
So many people have lied about Joe, saying he was a stalker, etc. but we knew in time God would sort it all out.
Yes, recently Joe mentioned one of the Councilors beat his wife, but it was in provocation of one who has skirted the law concerning his son and now has a bride from another country who seems to be locked to his premises. No one sees her and he doesn’t even take her out to breakfast or to eat. When one of his relatives did take her out, he forbid any such future excursions, so what kind of person is he?
No Walter, I can guarantee that if Joe had been able to run without everyone doing so much harm to him and making certain that he did not have a chance because of your disparaging comments, the Council would have been run following the laws, the ordinances and people would be heard because of Robert’s Rules of Order. There would not have to be one lawsuit after another and if we ended up with a Poor Manager, that manager would have been fired. Furthermore we would not have run good managers out of Town.
Let’s look at Stacy for a moment. With her interview of almost an hour stating that she did this and did that and the time periods of each, I would not have hired her in the first place. Why, do you say? Well, not once did she say what she was willing to do for the Town. But you gave her the highest scores and frankly if one of the others would have been hired, because they did not have her illicit background, they would not have lasted. Now we are spending thousands of dollars to protect her…and from what…the fact that she could sue because she knows the dirty little secrets Rhett Bullard is hiding? Why do we citizens have to bear the price of this corruption?
Stacy Tebo has treated all employees by fear; fear of losing their jobs if they say or do one thing wrong that aggravates her. The employees who are there now pose no threat to her because they are frankly ignorant and she now removed Helen Miller because the Town wishes to remain corrupt. Now Stacy is after our Fire Chief for no good reason which will cause further problems because we have one of the best group of firefighters ever….and even Cecil Brownfield remains as one of our firefighters.
The situation regarding Dr. Helen Miller was as corrupt as what was done to us and Dr. Miller did nothing to break the law and fortunately Stacy and Rhett did not wish to pin some criminal act on her for which malfeasance usually is claimed. Even though she had some big ideas that didn’t pan out, the fact is she cared about the Town Children and at least tried to do something where the rest of the councilors sat on their butt ox.
No Walter, it is sad but you will never know Joe for who he is, and I am certain you really appreciate that because without condemning Joe, you would have no one to be nasty to.
Even with Spencer Lofton, the fix was in and hearing about what they, the Lofton’s did to facilitate Tonja’s vote, it certainly could be understood. Arthur Natteal would have been a far more honest man, but I fear after a while because of his Christian Spirituality he would have realized how bad White Springs is run.
Richard Marshall and Tom Moore also had good interviews but alsas the fix was in.
No, unfortunately the plans the Town has for economic development will not work. Those that do not have a job, do not want a job or they would work in Lake City. The day will come when Governor Scott will mandate drug testing in order to secure welfare and that is the day I am working for because at the Federal Level, the house is being cleaned up.
Walter, judge not other, without judging yourself! You have no real facts but rather a lot of hearsay and absolutely no ability to change, it appears. Unfortunately what you have seen of we Griffins is the fact that we have had to fight for ourselves without any support or understanding from the Town, that it has been the Town which is wrong and corrupt.
Karin for the blog