July 18, 2012
INVESTIGATION OR COVER UP?
a few months
ago, there was a lot of controversy
about the County Manager
and the EMS director. The TWG sent out information about it
including videos and websites.
The BOC then made a press
release and said they were investigating this and would let us all know about
the outcome. At the 7/2/12 meeting Mr. Forsythe asked the
Commissioners just what has happened to the EMS
investigation as well as the building inspector investigation. Of course there were no answers by the BOC. Watch video here:
During the EMS controversy Jack Bernard implied that Comm. Patrick
had leaked executive session information and that Juanita Gazaway with TWG
called Jeff Bratcher. We think these accusations were made by Mr.
Bernard to try to cover up what he was doing.
Read the following email sent to a citizen by Mr. Bernard in response to
questions raised about EMS by the citizen:
From: Jack Bernard
Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2012 9:35 AM
To: Dennis Horion
Subject: SPAM-LOW: private, just betwen us
Dennis, I have
been very close to Jeff. I knew him before he became EMS
Director and encouraged him to apply for the job.
He is extremely well qualified and did a
great job at EMS. And, I have been advocating
at numerous BOC meetings, including yesterday, that the EMS
people be given a raise in that they are underpaid and perform at a high level
a couple of years ago. I invited him over to my house and talked him into
withdrawing his resignation. He is the last person that I wanted to leave.
he failed to return to work this time, I tried to get him to come back. If he
could work things out with his supervisor, which is doubtful, I would
still like him back.
you are capable and can do a lot of good in this community, if you want to do
We need an advocate for the
kids, especially the abused ones. There are some wonderful
people who are already involved. Tracy Travillo, formerly of Family
Connection, comes to mind. For the good of the children, please place your
efforts there in a positive way.
CC: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com;
Subject: RE: EMS, Health Services
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2012 22:49:28 -0400
I applaud your efforts and
find the discussion is missing the strategic vision necessary for an effective
legislator. Your job is to provide effective oversight of the
function. You have been a miserable failure as a Board about managing
your organization. Greg Woods must be terminated for exposing the County
to lawsuits and poor service due to the unprecedented interference of his wife
and daughter in the program’s affairs. Imagine an attorney cross
examining both his wife and daughter for the role in a wrongful termination
suit. Both ladies discussing their superior expertise over a combat medic
is going to be a show stopper for a jury. Get the Benjamins out! No
insurance company is going to take this to court. You collectively should
have fired him instead of assigning the supervision of the function to Ms.
From now on, we will refer
to Greg as Dead Wood. He is about as useful to your political careers as
dead wood. How do you justify this insult to the community? We do
not want our EMS service the object of a
stupid contest you and your colleagues have failed to address. Get some
votes together to do something of value now. Greg
has failed to give us the answers we have sought. Ms. Smith cannot seem
to send me the information requested. Please have her forward earlier
e-mails she sent so we can identify the whether she was honest when she said
she sent us the requested information.
You are going to join Carl
in receiving some attention one way or the other. I propose we celebrate
some real action instead of hiding in plain sight. We want answers to our
So, Jack Bernard knew the EMS director before
he was hired, had him to his house, tried to get him to come back to work,
etc., etc. Isn’t this the interference
that Jack keeps talking about and implying others are doing? Is this something the Ethics Committee should be looking
The public is still waiting for the results of the investigation. Who is investigating and what are they
investigating or do we have a commissioner that is trying to cover it all up?
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