The PTC Crisis

I would like the people of Peachtree City and others who read this to ponder my question. What would happen to you if you were arrested for a crime at your workplace? How many of you believe that you would be able to keep your job without any repercussions? So how does Bernie still have a job? Why are citizens not outraged that the man who placed Peachtree City in the fiasco it is currently in, still have a great, beautiful job. The guy receives a DUI attending a function in his own city and nothing happens to him. Nothing. The residents of Peachtree City should be skeptical of a man who tells you who should keep their job and who should not. I mean seriously people, think about this, please. How can this happen? And he still drives a city vehicle???? Can someone please bring this up in some type of public meeting. I am not a PTC resident and I am laughing at all off you since this type of character is running your "city" into the ground. Can anyone say anything positive about the guy's job performance? Any comments. Mr. Haddix???

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Submitted by Spyglass on Fri, 01/23/2009 - 10:28am.

I see the DUI at the Amphitheater as being WAY overblown by the folks on this board. Just my opinion, and it's not changing due to a few bombastic posters on this board.

Submitted by Titum Gan Eiri Ort on Sat, 01/24/2009 - 10:48am.

Let's see: Drunk at the City venue he is in charge of. Slobbering all over a woman not his wife. Drunk Driving. Trying to use his influence with the COPS. Having his license suspended so he can not drive his city vehicle as required for his job. Convicted Drunk Driver now driving our city vehicles we as tax payers foot the insurance bill for. Getting is mug shot all over the news and bringing great credit to the city.

You are right, no big deal !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted by Spyglass on Sat, 01/24/2009 - 12:43pm.

Hang the poor guy. We must be protected from such horrors.

Submitted by skyspy on Sat, 01/24/2009 - 10:57am.

When our illustrious drunk city manager found out he could not bully the cops into giving him a free pass he poured his drink out on their shoes. Check out the police report. It was published in this paper at the time of the crime. He is first class the whole way just like other sloppy drunks.

The fact that this drunk pig was allowed to stay and further mismange our city to the point of a record deficit is a BIG DEAL!!!

Submitted by Titum Gan Eiri Ort on Fri, 01/23/2009 - 9:50am.

Mr. Haddix I hope you know that the City Manager conspired with the Mayor to do everything they could do so you would not be elected. The reason: Because you would see through what they are doing to the city. Now you are in position to see the mis-management and the results of it. This did not happen over night and has been going long before you were elected. In October 2008, the City Manager gave you a budget with COLA's, Merit Increases and a load of projects to fund. The sky did not fall in during the last 90 days with the economy. This so called Manager had no idea how to run a city or spend tax dollars and now he wants to start cutting necessary employees to make up for his Incompetence. This is the same guy who was on his hand and knees begging for his job after his DRUNK DRIVING arrest. Well I guess it helps when you are the drinking buddy of the Mayor and Councilman Boone. But none of the grass cuttings can lay claim to being that. So off they go. To replace them we have the City Managers son, working as a public safety employee, being hired with a DUI on his record. Hired by a Fire Chief appointed by the City Manager, and cleared by the Human Resources Manager who works for the City Manager. Does it seem like that may be a conflict of intrest Mr . Haddix ? I am interested if the City Manager consulted with you and the other council memebers about hiring his son with a DUI. Did he ask for permission to do that or even tell you he did after? Did he mention his son's DUI? Did he tell you this was the first public safety employee that would be hired with a DUI and that would open the flood gates for every DUI that applies in the future? Did he consult with the City Attorney to see if this would be a problem? I ask these questions because they are important not only to the citizens of this community, but also to you. If your answer is NO to them, you need to find out why the City Manager, whow works for you, did not tell anyone. If he did tell you, we need to know about it before you run for Mayor !!!!! In the very near future this City Manager will vest his pension and be able to collect a life time pension from the same citizens that are now suffering with his complete lack of Professional Ethics. How much do we need to suffer with this guy !!!

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Fri, 01/23/2009 - 2:28pm.

Two principles of law apply here:
1. This is not an issue I can legally discuss here.
2. All such actions take a majority vote by Council.

That is all I can say on this subject, legally.

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Submitted by Titum Gan Eiri Ort on Sat, 01/24/2009 - 9:12am.

Mr. Haddix I appreciate you responding to me but I was looking for a simple yes or no to one question. It has nothing to do with any legal issue or majority of council vote. The citizens what to hear this directly from you. So I will again ask the simple question and request a simple answer:

Were you as a City Councilman, advised prior to the appointment of the City Manager's son to the fire department ?

Simple Yes or No !!!!!!!

And if you did know, did you know the background surrounding this appointment ?

Simple Yes or No !!!!!!!

These 2 very important Yes or No questions will allow citizens to know if the Council you serve on and wish to head as the next Mayor, are open and honest to the Citizens of this community. These question have nothing to do with it being legal to answer.

Mr. Haddix you seem like a really honest person and I will look forward to your answer as will the other citizens who want open and honest government.

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Sat, 01/24/2009 - 5:16pm.

No, because I don't believe I was on Council when it happened. Or, it happened without my knowledge or opinion asked if I was.

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Submitted by NUK_1 on Sat, 01/24/2009 - 10:09pm.

"Mayor and Council do not have anything to do with the hiring of any city employees except City Manager and aren't allowed to according to the PTC charter, so no, neither I nor any other council member had any involvement in a public safety employee being hired. The City Manager reports to us and the rest of the City employees are under the ultimate supervision of that City Mgr, not Mayor or Council."

Don't let people who don't have a clue how their own government operates try to pin some BS on you.


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Submitted by Don Haddix on Sat, 01/24/2009 - 10:24pm.

As regards the job type in question, very true.

But we do hire and fire more than the City Manager. Such as the Chiefs of Police and Fire we do directly hire.

Just tossing that in because someone would point it out, later.

Thanks for adding that clarification. Very appropriate to the issue.

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Fri, 01/23/2009 - 7:31am.

Retaining or not any City Manager in any city is appropriately an Executive Session topic and discussion before anything is said in public.

We do not even know the composition of the next Council at this time.

With four seats up for vote, a review of the status of PTC is sure to occur if a change in majority agenda and thinking happens.

I am for significant agenda and thinking change. Up to the voters if that happens or not.

Hope that helps.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Fri, 01/23/2009 - 8:13am.

Anyone interested in the issue of the City Manager's criminal record - as I am beginning to be, coupled with the need for some spending controls (aka budget cuts) at City Hall expects the current council and mayor to take care of it - NOW!

As I have stated before, your declaration for mayor next November is way too early and even though I believe you will probably win and be better than the current mayor, a too early declaration gets in the way of your day to day role as a sitting councilperson.

Just do the job today for the crises we are in today. Asst. City Manager and half the Development and Building staff needs too be furloughed until we actually have some building activity. Or you can fire the City Manager and move the Asst. up to first position. Either way you have to eliminate 1 of those $100k plus salary and benefit packages.

And yes, executive session is the place to discuss it. All you need to do is actually discuss it - NOW. Not next year after the new people get elected. I mean think about it. If you do nothing now, the problem gets worse as all ignored problems do. Then by July or August (the proper time for candidates to come forth) you will have a bunch of 1 issue rabid dogs running for council. Their one issue will be firing half of everyone on city staff - an overreaction for sure, but very real because the current council did nothing and kicked the can down the road for someone else.

You want to come in as Mayor and serve with a bunch of people like that and preside over that mess? No? Good. Do something now.

This seems directed at you, Mr. Haddix because of your early decision to run for mayor, but I am addressing all 5 members of city council. Do something Now!


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Submitted by Don Haddix on Fri, 01/23/2009 - 3:00pm.

As said above on the City Manager, etc, two principles of law apply here:
1. This is not an issue I can legally discuss here.
2. All such actions take a majority vote by Council. Understood you said directed at all on Council, not just me.

That is all I can say on this subject, legally, except for I am running for Mayor because I am part of the minority, not the majority, which means we often disagree on key issues.

Plus, do not assume what the next Council will do. If I am elected, two of us, now on Council, most assuredly are not into overreactions. Both of us have far too much business experience to make that mistake.

Also, some have approached me that are considering running for Post Seats. All were level headed and thoughtful, not knee jerk, as you are implying. So, add one level headed, minimum, and you have a level headed majority.

Now, on declaring early. Really, do you think one has to declare to begin campaigning? I assure that is a mistaken notion. Behind the scenes or in the open, it is still campaigning.

You feel it is too early. I declared early because many asked me to do so. Who is right is personal opinion.

On the budget issues, I also assure you not all looked at and happening has been revealed yet. Please, do not jump to conclusions. But, at the same time, there is more to do, so I agree in part.

And finally, I am approaching this twofold. I am trying to get as much done this year as possible, but recognize there are difference with the majority that will prevent the minority from accomplishing certain thing we believe need done. Those issues will have to wait until next year simply because we can do nothing about them this year.

Short and long term planning. I always try to do both.

Sorry if not awe inspiring. But, it is reality.

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Submitted by skyspy on Thu, 01/22/2009 - 11:58pm.

He is a drunk driving a city vehicle who was hired by another notorious city drunk.

I doubt that the insurance company that insures our city owned vehicles is aware of the fact that people with DUI's are driving said vehicles they insure. We would be charged out the wahzoo if they were aware of it. Sadly I'm in the minority, most people here think drunks are a good thing. Whatever......

Submitted by mthom5436 on Fri, 01/23/2009 - 3:29pm.

I thought a DUI is an automatic license supension.

Submitted by skyspy on Fri, 01/23/2009 - 5:51pm.

The city managers license was suspended for one year. Then our illustrious "fiscally conservative" mayor bought him a new car the next year. Puuuuleeeeaaasssseeee.

Submitted by mthom5436 on Sat, 01/24/2009 - 10:30am.

When do we get to vote for mayor?

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Submitted by Don Haddix on Sat, 01/24/2009 - 5:18pm.

November 3, 2009.

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