Dis­trict 4 com­mis­sioner ac­cuses oth­ers of cor­rup­tion

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

I think it’s a witch hunt and some­body wants to spend a whole lot of money. I be­lieve the county wasted $250,000 on the au­dit to tar­get in­di­vid­u­als for race and politics.” — J.C. Hen­der­son, Dis­trict 4 Com­mis­sioner

Dis­trict 4 Com­mis­sioner J.C. Hen­der­son ac­cused Dis­trict 3 Com­mis­sioner Nancy Schulz and Dis­trict 5 Com­mis­sioner Le­vie Mad­dox of cor­rup­tion, and the New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers (BOC) of us­ing a foren­sic au­dit to “tar­get in­di­vid­u­als for race and politics.”

Hen­der­son’s re­marks come dur­ing Tues­day’s pub­lic meet­ing, days af­ter the BOC voted to send a foren­sic au­dit re­port to law en­force­ment. Hen­der­son was the lone vote against that ac­tion. The con­tents of the re­port were dis­cussed in a closed-door ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion and have not been re­leased to the pub­lic.

How­ever, fol­low­ing Thurs­day’s ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion, Hen­der­son said, “I’m a firm be­liever that if you’re go­ing to ac­cuse a per­son, he or she should have an op­por­tu­nity to at least be in­ter­viewed. I think in most of those cases they were not.”

Those were the only pub­lic com­ments on the mat­ter, un­til Tues­day when Hen­der­son re­ferred to land ac­qui­si­tions in his dis­trict and check ap­provals for the Nel­son Heights Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, in which he sits on the board of di­rec­tors.

“I think it’s a witch hunt and some­body wants to spend a whole lot of money,” Hen­der­son said be­fore read­ing his state­ment.

“I be­lieve the county wasted $250,000 on the au­dit to tar­get in­di­vid­u­als for race and politics,” he said.

He added that the au­dit did not go far enough, and should look into cor­rup­tion he said was tak­ing place. He read from a let­ter he said he sent to New­ton County Sher­iff Ezell Brown.

“I have in­for­ma­tion there is cor­rup­tion tak­ing place on the land­fill trans­ac­tion, de­ci­sion to shut down the con­ve­nience cen­ters, Mad­dox Haul­ing get­ting paid for emp­ty­ing the dump­sters at the con­ve­nience cen­ters with­out a bid­ded [sic] con­tract, LB Re­cy­cling pick­ing up scrap metal at the land­fill and con­ve­nience cen­ters with­out pay­ing the county what LB is sup­posed to pay un­der its con­tract that ex­pired 2 years ago, and

com­mis­sion­ers shulz [sic]deal with a At­lanta de­vel­oper to buy her oaks golf course and turn it into a sub­di­vi­sion only if com­mis­sioner shulz [sic] can get crow­ell road widened to four lanes and whether she and loyd kerr are se­cretly plan­ning to use the 2017 SPLOST trans­porta­tion money to make crow­ell road four lanes,” Hen­der­son’s let­ter read.

Schulz said that road projects the county is work­ing on now were de­ter­mined by a com- pre­hen­sive trans­porta­tion plan (CTP) cre­ated be­fore she took of­fice in 2009.

“The widen­ing of Crow­ell Road and the widen­ing of Brown Bridge Road were listed on that CTP be­fore I got here,” Schulz said. “I’m just fol­low­ing on that”

Schulz also re­futed the claim that she had a deal ready for a neigh­bor­hood at the Oaks Course.

“I don’t have a sale pend­ing,” she said.

Mad­dox said he did not have a com­ment on the mat­ter Tues­day evening.

Hen­der­son sent his let­ter to Brown ask­ing that the sher­iff’s of- fice in­ves­ti­gate the above-stated mat­ters and that the Dis­trict 4 Com­mis­sioner “will be glad to give you the in­for­ma­tion and wit­nesses.”

As of Thurs­day af­ter­noon, Brown had not seen the let­ter, and said he would de­ter­mine a course of ac­tion af­ter he had a chance to.

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