Adam Smith Is Wrong For Ramseur

The text message you’ll find reproduced below was sent from Commissioner Adam Smith to Commissioner David Overman, sometime between August 5 and August 9, 2019. Mr. Overman showed the original messages to me on August 9, when I met him in order to make copies of the original set of library roof bid materials supplied to board members prior to the August 5 meeting.

After seeing those messages on Mr. Overman’s phone I asked him to forward them to me, which he did, in compliance with my ongoing request for all electronic communications relating to public Town of Ramseur business. Messages between elected officials regarding municipal business are considered public records and by law must be made available for examination upon request. Continue reading “Adam Smith Is Wrong For Ramseur”

They STILL Don’t Get It!

I hadn’t planned to write this post today. In fact, I never thought it would be necessary, but since clerk Hatley’s resignation it has become clear beyond any reasonable doubt that some people in our municipal office have been working overtime to avoid complying with my request, made months ago, for all email communications pertaining to ALL public Town of Ramseur business.

I suspected that this was going on from the beginning when I discovered that Commissioner Smith is using at least three different email accounts. I have yet to receive even one email from him. Commissioner Cox has copied me on a few messages here and there, and Commissioner Overman has shown me several emails that he has received on occasion. Commissioner Caudle is the only voting member of the board who I am relatively certain has sent me everything she is allowed to share. Confidential information is exempt from my request until the matter it pertains to have been voted upon. Continue reading “They STILL Don’t Get It!”

Time For The Good Old Boys Club To End

Last week our town clerk, Bobbie Hatley, resigned to take a better job in another town. The board held a special meeting on Friday, July 19, two days after Ms. Hatley clocked out for the last time, and voted to hire a retired clerk, Melody Hancock, from Randleman, to fill the role of interim town clerk beginning this week. Sadly, for reasons we may never know, that plan fell apart at the last minute.

I was informed earlier this week that our attorney, Bob Wilhoit, called Mayor Shaw last Sunday night and informed him that Mrs. Hancock had decided to decline the Board’s offer. I tried to verify this, and in an email, sent to Mayor Shaw on July 23, I wrote, “I understand that Melody Hancock decided over the weekend that she is not willing to be our interim town clerk. Is that true? Was any reason offered?”

“Since we do not have a town administrator or manager, and elected officials are barred by statute from acting as administrator/manager, even in a temporary capacity, who currently holds the keys to the clerk’s office and the vault? Who has access to those locations and the records stored there?”

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