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Send Pettigrew packing now

web posted August 13, 2009
COLUMN – Edgefield County Administrator John Pettigrew, in perhaps his last effort at proving his bias, incompetence, or just outright ignorance, gave the announcement of his resignation to one media outlet in Edgefield County while ignoring two others including EdgefieldDaily.com, which is the county’s most widely read news outlet with over 20,000 readers compared to just over 3,000 readers at the Edgefield Advertiser. Pettigrew stated he delivered a copy of his letter to the Edgefield Advertiser on Tuesday, a copy to the Citizen News on Wednesday (too late for publication) and never delivered anything to EdgefieldDaily.com.

I was informed of the resignation on Tuesday and was told not to publish any information at the request of Pettigrew because he wanted time to announce it to employees before going public later in the week. However, county employees learned of the resignation through the Edgefield Advertiser, not Mr. Pettigrew.

Not only was the move unethical, a press release is issued to all county media at the same time, unless you are John Pettigrew. I guess he favors one media outlet over the others and wanted to make sure they made more money than other media outlets by giving them an exclusive. A no-no for county officials.

But, then again, having brains has not been a strong suit for Pettigrew since he took office.

I stopped by his office on Wednesday to wish him well on his new endeavors. It was hard to see him with the mountain of paper, files, and ”to do” lists piled on his desk almost half a foot high. How professional. I’m sure any industry leaders coming to Edgefield County meeting with Pettigrew would walk out saying great things about how organized and professional our County Administrator must be.

Wednesday night I attended a Town Hall meeting held by County Councilman Rodney Ashcraft and Mr. Pettigrew’s resignation came up for discussion. One man asked if it was wise to allow him to stay on after he resigned. County Council members Rodney Ashcraft and Genia Blackwell both said no. I agree.

In reality, he should have never been hired because he was not, is not, and never would be qualified to hold the position. That much has been proven in his tenure.

Do everyone a favor Pettigrew, pack it up and get out now. It’s not as if we’d miss your non-existent leadership anyway. In my opinion, we’re just keeping a high paid welfare recipient on the payroll for nothing.

To top it all off, all county computers had their internet connections disrupted on Wednesday. Perhaps that was to prevent anyone from reading our report on the resignation that was placed online early in the morning after it was learned that the Edgefield Advertiser was given an exclusive.

I think I will contact state officials on this matter. It seems Pettigrew made sure that only one media outlet would benefit from the “press release” that was withheld from other media outlets.

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