Who's Pulling the Strings?
While at the office, Danny Davis came in to give the clerk some photos he had taken, Jay McGraw was there attempting to complete the numbers showing the savings by outsourcing garbage collection, and the police department had James Youngblood in custody. Before leaving, Lamar County was coming to take him into custody. Merlene never bothered coming out of her office. I guess she was taking advantage of all the help she was getting with the budget. In all fairness, I must say that Stephanie Mullings was never this inept. Merlene can't prepare a budget, she can't answer simple questions about the zoning map or comprehensive plan, she's locked citizens out of a public records room; as a clerk, she's utterly useless but she can order a mean birthday cake for the elected officials birthday month celebration. I guess the sweet confection has made the aldermen forget aborigine much she's costing the city. The police department has been butchered but she's still handing out comp time to her clerks like Halloween candy. She want everyone else to walk the line while she continue to go unchecked. The $1,200 used to pay someone to prepare a budget could have been used to pay a police officer but like I've said before, they pay for what they value and that don't include police protection.