February 5, 2014
“Much has been discussed recently about why the county Commission has not taken action in the situation involving our Tax Commissioner and her alleged conduct.” So begins February’s slick water bill insert Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross pens monthly. He then lists comments directed towards the board apparently through news and social media. A bit defensive to say the least.
“Well, the fact is we have no authority over the Tax Commissioner or any other Constitutional or elected official.” (In this six-paragraph piece, the tax commissioner is nameless. Keep in mind he is writing this about a fellow commissioner’s wife.)
He goes on to recount the steps involved thus far in the case. How the commission reported the alleged misconduct the day after learning about it. “At that point the Commission was out of the picture except to answer questions present by the investigators from law enforcement agencies. We learned shortly that the FBI had been also informed of these allegations and were conducting their own investigation.”
For sheer drama and backhandedness, we appreciate the following: “I can tell you at this point that, if all of the involved parties fail to take action to recover the funds, if proven to be misdirected, the County Commission will consider strongly initiating their own action. There is no excuse for taking funds illegally, if proven, and betraying the trust of the other elected officials and the citizens of Columbia County.” Hang on kiddies, here’s where it gets fun: “However, it is possible that no misconduct can be proven and all of us agree that each and every person is innocent until proven guilty.”
Let’s take another crack at that… “However, it is possible that no misconduct can be proven and all of us agree that each and every person is innocent until proven guilty.”
Now, that’s better defense than the Seattle Seahawks.