Is It Really Our Buisness"
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“Why should we all go give support for the City Manager, when they are being so secretive about why he was suspended? If it would have been a police officer, or firefighter suspended, the reason why would have been plastered all over the front page for several weeks. I can’t support someone when I can’t find out what they have done.

Why has the reason for Hinesville city manager’s suspension not been released to the public? We have a right to this information. To destroy others information freely flows, but to protect Billy Edwards we cannot get the complete story”.

This is an excerpt from Sound Off; My question here is this. Why do we think we have the right to know everyone else’s business but are up in arms if someone wants to know ours? Granted, not sure what the circumstances are however; unless it is something egregious it’s not our business. For some reason we expect elected officials to be more above reproach than we hold ourselves to. Frankly I have enough trouble keeping up with my own angst and really am not that concerned with someone else’s missteps. I don’t really buy into the “They are elected officials and we have a “right” to know. Personally I feel we need to place more focus on our individual circumstances and quit worrying about everyone else.

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wood17 commented on Friday, Jun 16, 2017 at 23:33 PM

HMJC, one of my concerns is that the voters of Hinesville need to be made aware if their council members and the decisions that they are making. It appears that there are some interesting circumstances involved in this situation. I would urge people to exercise a little bit of patience though. It would seem to me at this point that most of the people would be wise to keep their mouths shut until the proper time. Clearly Attorney Darden has told the council members to stay quiet. Mr Edwards to my knowledge has only publicly commented through his attorney. I do take issue with one thing concerning Jeff Whitten's article titled "Hard Telling, Not Knowing". I thought that it achieved it's primary objective well enough. Hey everybody get off the courier's back until we have legitimate facts and news to report. Good for him for not speculating like a lot of the readership was really ready for. I do have a problem with his jab at Billy trying to basically shame him for hiring an attorney. He made it sound like he hired some way over the top world beater from way up there in Atlanta just based off of what the Attorney's web page said. I would bet that if Billy had hired an attorney from a local "firm" that jab would not have been taken. Sometimes it is much better not to retain local representation in a local political matter so as to retain sound perspective and objectivity. This thing will work itself out and I am ready for the courier to give us a fair and honest story when the facts present themselves.

timeontarget commented on Sunday, Jun 18, 2017 at 14:50 PM

Anybody who has legal problems in Liberty County would be wise to engage council from elsewhere.

HMJC commented on Monday, Jun 19, 2017 at 11:37 AM

I do agree to a certain extent that if any egregious events occur then yes. At the end of the day, we have a responsibility to not focus on things that are not the most pressing issues as our "wonderful" Congress. Thanks for the comment.

wood17 commented on Monday, Jun 19, 2017 at 13:34 PM

"Personnel Board

Council member Keith Jenkins suggested removing the city's Personnel Board, an committee of citizens that reviews decisions involving personnel disciplinary cases.

City manager Billy Edwards said if an employee is either demoted, terminated or suspended without pay, the case can go to an employee hearing, with an attorney present, witnesses and documentation. Edwards presides as the administrative hearing officer and then makes a decision after hearing the case. If that employee wants to appeal Edward's decision it then goes to the personnel board, which reviews the decision.

Jenkins said instead of the personnel board the council should hear the appeal in an open, public hearing. Council members also wanted the option to not hear a case based on criteria, such as an apparent violation of the law.

If the council hears appeals they would make a consensus decision in executive session, which would be recorded, and then come out of executive session to announce their decision.

City attorney Linnie Darden III agreed to draft a policy."

I just posted a link to the article and direct text from a Coastal Courier article dated May, 5 2017 detailing issues discussed at the latest St. Simon's Island conference. It seems very ironic at this time that the council was discussing how to handle this exact situation and intent to change the policy a month ago.

HMJC, we must scrutinize the activities of our elected officials at the local level. I agree that if there isn't a scandal, we must not allow the dust to cloud our vision. At the end of the day, a 30 plus year city employee who is the head administrator of Hinesville, got suspended by our elected officials. Was there pretext outside of any actions by Mr. Edwards that drove the actions of city council? You are correct if you are inferring that we allow non issues to divert our attention from the fact that our current congress is inept in leadership and in substance. The fake Trump stories allow our congress to make excuses for not being productive. The issues are and always have been available to remedy. Leadership has to prevail and currently it appears that we don't have any. I hate to even appear hypocritical given that I encouraged patience and discouraged speculation in my original post. I just happened to come across this article and thought it should be reexamined for context.

HMJC commented on Monday, Jun 19, 2017 at 13:57 PM

Thanks to all for providing an alternate view. At the end of the day that is what helps keep this site legit. I am a little disappointed with the lack of participation on this site. More participation would help to make this site more relevant. I am fully aware that not everyone agrees with me which is fine as stimulates conversation and point and counterpoint. be heard and exercise you right to free speech

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017 at 12:25 PM

I too am disappointed that participation on The Courier blog site has declined to the level it is currently.

The few current participants don't appear to be eager to insult others.

A year or two ago insults and personal attacks seemed to be the norm.

This blog by HMJC touches on a red button issue currently in Hineswville and obviously some of our city council members don't seem to be following any sort of "order" during meetings.

I think Billy Edwards was not suspended legally.

There should be recordings of meetings and minutes of what was said and done and the public should be told the whole truth about it.

Most of our liberal counterparts have ceased to participate.

More good clean dialogue regarding current events of our local governing bodies could be beneficial to our community.

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