I believe the basis of Greg Hasty’s ongoing and baseless vendetta is two-fold: He disagrees with a conservative approach to government and he is overwhelmed by the complexity of managing a first-class county.
Let me be clear, my conservatism has been principled, and I have voted accordingly to protect the taxpayers from the commission wasting tax dollars. What my detractors also mischaracterize is that I am unwilling to compromise. I have disagreed with Commissioner Bev Thomas on numerous examples occasions, but have always worked toward a sensible compromise.
Greg Hasty is more interested in having his job than doing his job. Despite the fact that he campaigned on bringing manufacturing jobs to south Camden County. Yet when I presented the opportunity to engage a realtor to assess the availability and value of property along the rail line in Stoutland both he and Thomas voted no. A simple no-cost move to fulfill his promise was just too much for him.
Instead of seeking good paying jobs to our citizens, he, in an interview, stated we need more retail stores along Horseshoe Bend. The folks in Horseshoe Bend don’t want more retail and Hasty doesn’t have a clue about market trends. Clearly, the market is leaning strongly toward more Internet business based businesses and much less on storefront retail. He doesn’t understand. Perhaps Hasty should get a clue from Madden Manufacturing in Horseshoe Bend and how their distribution business is growing. We have yet to see how Hasty’s decision to give $650,000 worth of pay raises will play out given a fiscal future that even he says in uncertain.
I have carried a weapon since I became a State Trooper at 21. I legally and responsibly carried for two years in the commission office without complaint, as did the previous presiding commissioner and, incidentally, a number of other public officials. In an affront to our Second Amendment rights soon after taking office Hasty attempted to ban all officials from carrying legal weapons but was shut down by a unanimous vote of elected county officials. He then promised increased courthouse security but, after more than a year in office, he has done nothing.
The vast majority of Camden County roads are in my district. When people have problems, they call me. I take the time to look at the problem and have on occasion tried to give the road and bridge administrator some guidance on fixing my constituents roads. Neither of my fellow commissioners makes the slightest effort to deal with people’s road issues. If trying to get a county employee to do his or her job is “bullying” then I’m not sure what the point of a county commission might be.
A former road and bridge administrator visited the commission office a few months ago about multiple complaints from citizens. He backed up my concerns and complained about the poor service and supervisors sitting in their office and monitoring their employees. Hasty and Thomas did absolutely nothing to address this important issue.
Two years ago I worked hard to save the Macks Creek park. I had road and bridge restore the walking track and weld all of the broken playful equipment to make it a better park for the community. The full commission decided months ago to remove partially constructed bathrooms that had no building permit and no septic fields. Does the county really want to commit to ongoing septic pumping, maintenance and liability for this park? For the most part, those Hasty cronies complaining about the decision to take down the remnants of the bathrooms could not find Macks Creek on a map.
I have worked hard to ensure Camden County Government is responsive to our citizens and give good service for citizen’s tax dollars and I don’t apologize for that.
I am not perfect bu[t] I have tried to do the job I was elected to do.