Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Rhea Tays Fulmer Attacks George Grabryan

It's never been a secret that Lauderdale County Commissioner Rhea Tays Fulmer doesn't like EMA Director George Grabryan (pictured). Now, it's official she wants him to resign.

The county's Emergency Management Agency is no stranger to controversy. In 1995, then-director George Mangum, along with Deputy Director Ethelene Duster and local businessman Richard Hance were indicted in Federal Court on charges of theft and defrauding the Federal government.

Specifically, Mangum was accused of stealing clothing, boots, sleeping bags, and trailers from the EMA and selling them for personal gain. Duster managed to retain her job, but was later terminated under Grabryan's watch. At the time of the indictments and trial, Lauderdale authorities promised new safeguards were in place to prevent any future misappropriations of funds or equipment.

Previously, Grabryan has taken flap for the 2002 NorthStar ambulance contract, as well as his policy of documenting departmental errors on "pink sheets" that become a permanent part of each employee's file. These, as well as Duster's termination, seem to be at the root of much anti-Grabryan sentiment.

Fulmer has declared it's not over. We look for more fireworks at the next Lauderdale Commission meeting in two weeks.


Some words of wisdom from J. J. Ray:

Does anyone out there think this is necessary today? How about adding to it some term limits?

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution - "Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States ."


Mickey, anyone?