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Politics and the County Administrator should come to an end

web posted July 10, 2006

OPINION – When it comes to the Edgefield County Administrator it is “do as I say do, not as I do”. Employees of the county are told not to become involved in politics or political campaigns during elections. However, Administrator Adams has been seen attending fundraisers and has political stickers on his personal vehicles. In the past, he has demanded other employees remove such items.

Moreover, Mr. Adams was said to have been overheard while dining out just a few weeks before the primary election telling his dining companions the race for Probate Judge was over and that a scandal would seal a landslide victory for the challenger.

Oddly enough, Mr. Adams attempted to seize control or access to the Probate Judge’s computer, which “an administrator” had intentionally disabled security protections features of the computer leaving it more than just vulnerable, but assuring attacks from the outside, or possibly the inside. It also made it possible for the computer to be remotely accessed and gave an unknown user the ability to place malicious programming on the computer and make it appear the judge was doing the deeds.

It is also alleged that someone in the Administrator’s Office changed official employee records of the Probate Court allowing a former employee to claim they were terminated when they were not and receive unemployment payments they were not due. Administrator Adams is the sole contact for unemployment claims sent to all elected offices and county employees.

There is no secret to the animosity Adams holds for Judge Peeler and his long history of costing the county untold amounts of money to fuel his personal vendetta against the judge is well known.

Judge Peeler is elected by the entire county. Five county council members who are elected by their respective districts hire Wayne Adams.

Although Adams has been caught flat out lying to the council on many occasions, they continue to allow him unprecedented control and power in Edgefield County. The general public knows Mr. Adams should have been removed or outright fired for any of a number of his antics long ago, but the council refuses to act.

With the revelations of possible inappropriate conduct coming out, and there are far more about to be made public, the County Council finds themselves in a bit of hot water as well.

Council Chairman Monroe Kneece will defend Adams to the ends of the earth. Councilman Kitchens has also proven he is a puppet of Adams as well. Three other councilmen, however, seem to have had enough.

We hope the majority of the county council will make the proper decision and release Adams once and for all from his employment with the county. With a salary twice that of any other county administrator for a county our size the money saved, even after finding a replacement, could be used to add the much needed law enforcement officers the Sheriff desperately needs.

To the County Council, do you job or your jobs may be the next ones targeted for removal in the next elections.

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