Thursday, December 10, 2009
Harry Jones Exposed!
Over the past few months Cedar Posts and other including the Charlotte Observer have been digging into the DSS accounting fiasco, the Giving Tree sham and the stunning lack of transparency and ethics in Mecklenburg County Government.
While accusations of cronyism, intimidation and outright fraud circulate freely, those on the Mecklenburg County Commission have sat on their thumbs and watched Rome burn.
So who is the man at the helm and the person in charge of this mess?
From the Mecklenburg County web site:
Harry L. Jones, Sr., began serving as the fourth county manager of Mecklenburg County, N.C., in October 2000, after being appointed to the position in August of that year. Prior to being named county manager, Jones had served as assistant county manager since 1991.
As county manager, Jones is responsible for recommending an annual budget to the Board of County Commissioners and for the day-to-day operations of
Mecklenburg County government and its 4,700 full-time employees. The current annual County operating budget is approximately $1.45 billion.
According to the Charlotte Observer :
County Manager Harry Jones on Tuesday defended the county's investigation into spending across the Department of Social Services and said he's trying to shift attention to other issues.
It is almost stunning that Mr. Jones would say this to the Mecklenburg BOCC, that he is trying to "shift attention" to other issues!
So let me make it simple, most of us taxpayers, (I paid nearly $200,000 in Mecklenburg county taxes to support Harry Jones during the last ten years) don't pay a lot of attention to how our money is spent.
If you keep the parks open, the crooks locked up and the courthouse looking nice, we really don't care how you spend the money.
But when we start hearing of shady things going on, like hiring your buddies without considering other candidates, or insane business practices and being just a general all around thug.
We begin to wonder
WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON!
And what we have found is shocking.
Prior posts about Harry Jones:
More From The Mecklenburg BOCC
Harry Jones Fires Back - He Must Smell Smoke
Harry Jones -It's ironic that "Harry Jones is Slang for Heroin"
The Petition Requesting that the BOCC Vote on Harry Jones
Harry Jones Shoots the Messenger
The Badger Keeps Digging Updated
Why Mecklenburg County Commissioners Will Fire Harry Jones
Harry Jones, DSS and Rodney Monroe Connection