Courage and change

The Covington News - - OPINION -

On Tues­day we ex­pected the majority of the BOC to fi­nally clip the wings of Chair­man Keith El­lis con­cern­ing op­er­a­tional power due to, among other things, his lack of lead­er­ship. The board did it, and took a step for­ward in bring­ing back some sta­bil­ity in the lead­er­ship of New­ton County.

What we didn’t ex­pect was that Com­mis­sioner Nancy Schulz would lead a charge to fi­nally put J.C. Hen­der­son on no­tice that it is not ac­cept­able for him to be the pawn for who­ever has the per­ceived po­lit­i­cal power in the county.

Schultz’s ac­tions en­sured that Hen­der­son would no longer be in­volved on any county agency that has fidu­ciary re­spon­si­bil­ity to the tax pay­ers of the county.

Hen­der­son has used his po­si­tion to pretty much do what­ever he wished, and the elected of­fi­cials who have sup­ported him are as shame­ful as he is, in­clud­ing our cur­rent chair­man who said at the com­mis­sion meet­ing this past week that he “was sorry for what hap­pened to Hen­der­son.”

Hen­der­son re­sponded to the charges by Schulz by pulling out the race card and threat­ing her through the con­stituents in her dis­trict. He then fol­lowed up the race card with the pi­ous state­ment that he would follow the will of God, and God would pun­ish those who aren’t just. In our opin­ion, it seems that pun­ish­ment was handed out Tues­day.

Hen­der­son ap­par­ently thought he was go­ing to skate through another em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment caused by him. He was wrong, and all of the tax­pay­ers of New­ton County are the bet­ter for Schulz’ coura­geous ac­tions.

The BOC has started the county down the road in the right di­rec­tion. Now it’s up to new county man­ager, Tom Gar­rett, to grab the op­por­tu­nity given him and do some­thing with it.

The com­mis­sion­ers still have some ma­jor house­keep­ing to do.

We thank each of the com­mis­sion­ers for their ac­tions. We be­lieve that you fol­lowed the will of a majority of your con­stituents in do­ing so.

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