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County Administrator Brown Seems Clueless on Job Description
A Column by the Editor
web posted March 14, 2011
COLUMN – Edgefield County Administrator Alton Brown
must have suffered some sort of amnesia when it comes to performing his
job and what that job entails since last year at budget time. In an
email sent to every elected official and county department head last
week, Brown now claims he has no clue what to do. That is odd since the
county council worked out a budget schedule the first of the year that
was make public in early February.
It's not as if the Finance Committee is new to Mr. Brown as this is his
second budget during his tenure. But for some reason, Brown now seems
to have lost all memory of how to do his job this year.
In his email, obtained from more than
one elected official outside of
the county council, Brown says that since the council approved County
Council Chairman Dean Campbell and Vice-chairwoman Genia Blackwell to
the top two committee assignments, he has been given no instruction on
what his duties are or what the roles of the "liaison assignments to
the 'administrative' and 'finance' staff areas", are. He states, " I
requested a written definition of 'administrative', 'finance' and
council liaison duties and responsibilities. These requests received no
Brown continues, "The only instructions I have received were verbally
from (Chairman) Mr. Campbell which were (Vice-chair) Mrs. Blackwell
would take the lead in this year's budget and that if she and I have a
disagreement, Mrs. Blackwell would prevail with the full Council making
Sounds like pretty clear instructions to me. Not to mention the
released schedule for Mr. Brown and Finance Director Lynn Strom, which
has a predetermined list of deadlines for them to complete their work
(Feb 2, 2010), present the recommendations to the Finance Committee and
the county council (March 3, 2010), and then the full county council
(March 24, 2010) during a work session are pretty well defined.
You know, just like last year.
If Blackwell and Campbell are the sole arbiters of the county budget,
we obviously do not need the services (or lack thereof) of Alton
Not that it would be a huge loss if Brown wanted to pack his bags and
head to his beloved Tennessee.
Brown seems to spend too much of his time "blogging" about Edgefield
Daily with his invented and false claims in the minutes of the county
council meetings rather than doing his job.
If he is as incompetent as he now claims to be, maybe it's time to fix
that mistake and put somebody in place that can remember his job
description from one year to the next.
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