BRENDA GAR­TON’S LEGACY — AND 14-PAGE RE­PORT

Rappahannock News - - FROM PAGE ONE • COURTHOUSE ROW -

As a fi­nal act in her term as in­terim County Ad­min­is­tra­tor, Brenda Gar­ton de­liv­ered a 14-page re­port to the Board of Su­per­vi­sors out­lin­ing chronic is­sues with county gov­er­nance and op­er­a­tions.

Gar­ton char­ac­ter­ized the doc­u­ment as “an ob­ser­va­tion of sit­u­a­tions which may cause ad­di­tional prob­lems, may run con­trary to state or lo­cal code or best prac­tices, or may re­sult in im­proved ef­fi­cien­cies if cor­rected.”

She noted that “some is­sues have been re­solved, ad­dressed, or as­signed to staff to com­plete, or rec­om­men­da­tions have been made and ap­proved by the Board.”

Among the is­sues cited were:

➤ Lack of county em­ployee IDs, per­son­nel files, job de­scrip­tions, per­for­mance eval­u­a­tions, and meth­ods of track­ing leave.

➤ Lack of writ­ten poli­cies, es­pe­cially as they per­tain to per­son­nel and fi­nan­cial poli­cies.

➤ Con­duct of county meet­ings, in­clud­ing dead­lines for pre­sent­ing agenda ma­te­ri­als, lack of en­force­ment of speaker time lim­its dur­ing pub­lic com­ment ses­sions, un­re­strained par­tic­i­pa­tion in board meet­ings by cit­i­zens from the au­di­ence with­out recog­ni­tion by the chair, and lack of a con­sent agenda for BOS meet­ings.

➤ Is­sues with county of­fices, such as lack of hand­i­capped ac­cess; and in­ad­e­quate space for the county’s zon­ing and build­ing of­fi­cials, ex­ten­sion of­fice, and E911 and Emer­gency Ser­vices Co­or­di­na­tor.

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