Venice and Goedker leaving Tyrone

Fri, 08/28/2009 - 3:41pm
By: Ben Nelms

Tyrone will soon be losing Town Manager Chris Venice and Town Clerk Nancy Goedker. Venice will be leaving at the end of the year while Goedker’s resignation will take effect at the end of September.

Mayor Don Rehwaldt on Thursday said Venice was excercisingexercising to vacate her position at the end of her two-year contract effective at the end of December.

Contacted Thursday, Venice said she would be returning to Tennessee where she and her husband purchased a home after selling theirs in south Fayette County earlier this year.

Venice has a federal lawsuit pending against Fayette County where she served as county administrator. Venice in the suit alleges that she was asked to resign in April 2007 because of her gender.

Also leaving town government is Town Clerk Nancy Goedker after nearly a year of service. Goedker moved to Tyrone from Strafford, New Hampshire two years ago to work with Operation Mobilization and was hired as town clerk in October 2008. Goedker will remain on staff until the end of September.

Goedker said she is moving back home to help care for her elderly parents and hopes to get back into missions work.

Tyrone is advertising both jobs on the Georgia Municipal Association website.

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Submitted by wheretheheckistyrone on Mon, 08/31/2009 - 8:22am.

Truly sad how many personnel we have witnessed come and go. I don't understand why such a small town even needs a Town Manager and a Town Clerk? To conserve money why doesn't the Council combine the two jobs? Most of the responsbilities of the Manager were contracted out anyway. Can the Council justify those two jobs?

Submitted by Margot on Sun, 08/30/2009 - 7:15pm.

I sure hope someone who will protect public funds and other citizens interests will run for Tyrone’s council this year. The posts held by Grace Caldwell & Gloria Furr is in serious need of representatives who will go after the money taken illegally by former employees in conclusion with a former mayor. All evidence necessary to get back over $54K is contained in the 2009 GBI report. But every member of the current council hushed it up, refused to take any action and would not answers letters about it. Ditto for the Town lawyer Dennis Davenport.
Thank goodness Grace Caldwell’s protégé Chris Venice is leaving as Town mgr. Little Ole Tyrone doesn’t need a Town manager and certainly not one who makes over $100,000 per year. Tyrone needs to re-institute its former citizens’ complaint board to investigate citizens’ complaints and force its do nothing council to take appropriate action. No Tyrone Council for the past 13 years has ever listened to its citizens. And it would be just absolutely wonderful if a candidate could be elected who would keep their promises and not lie to the voters.

Submitted by wheretheheckistyrone on Mon, 08/31/2009 - 8:27am.

Is there anything else that can be done about the missing money since the GBI won't go any further and the DA won't convict? Also never heard of Tyrone's Citizens Complaint Board, when did we have one? Why don't you consider running for election?

Submitted by Margot on Mon, 08/31/2009 - 11:01am.

The council could have asked the DA to follow up, but they never did spoke to him. Barring that, any council member could have asked the states’ justice dept to investigate the failure of the government to follow their ordinance on their employee payment plan. Each council member was asked to do this but choose to ignore the request. The council could ask the people who took the money to pay it back, but never did. In fact they paid the employees twice, fearing a lawsuit if they did anything to get the money back. They also can file a civil suit to reclaim the money, but would rather pay their lawyers only to fight their citizens from correcting wrong doings.

The records show that prior to the hiring of Barry Amos as Town manager in 1996, Tyrone had a Citizen Complaint Board which worked very well. But no one knows what happened to it. The council doesn’t like complaints by citizens, so I suppose they did away with it, although I do not recall any vote on that. But that’s nothing since Tyrone never has brought forward all of its past ordinances. They actually budgeted money to re-codify the ordinances in 2007, but never spent it. That’s $6000 went out the window when Barry & Valerie paid themselves excessive vacation & OT pay in Nov. 2007. Look at the 2007 budget, you’ll see where the money was appropriated.

I’ll run for council if you and one other honest person will. It takes 3 to tango in Tyrone.

Submitted by wheretheheckistyrone on Mon, 08/31/2009 - 11:27am.

I appreciate the information. Is their a time frame for which the council has to work under to prosecute B&V? I would run, but quite frankly I am not conniving enough to be in politics.

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Submitted by MajorMike on Sun, 08/30/2009 - 11:33am.

Chris Venice is nothing but trouble where ever she goes. Fayette County and Tyrone are better off without her. My sympathies to the people of Tennessee but I hope she stays there.

Submitted by Spot on Sun, 08/30/2009 - 5:49pm.

It's too bad that Ben Nelms doesn't check with the many employees that have left the town on their own will (not counting the 2 that were forced to leave)in the last 1 1/2 years to find out the true reasons they left which might not be the ones that were given to the town. Some good and dedicated employees have come and gone thanks to micromanagement and those in control that have forced big town government into our town. Let's see we've lost a town manager and town clerk, not by choice, public works employees, police officers, administrative staff at the police department, bookkeeper (but how many were hired to fill her position), and now the replacement town clerk. Whats the problem here?

Submitted by Watcher on Mon, 08/31/2009 - 3:32pm.

If you won't say it Spot, then I will-

Penny Hunter is the problem

Submitted by Spot on Sat, 08/29/2009 - 8:28am.

How many employees have left the the town this year, and how many more will leave? Isn't anyone curious why? One would think it would be costly to retrain someone new to fill the vacant positions, some by employees that have been with the town for many years that must have had enough. Ghost town is rapidly coming. Remember people, Tyrone ain't big town government.

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