How to Get Away With Incompetence?
Move to Lumberton…lie on your job application and during the interview…get one of the top jobs in Lumberton…hire your friend…lie constantly…blame the software and training…tell more lies…play the victim…become a master of mass distractions…tell more lies…block access to public records...recommend your friend for termination because she caught an alderman stealing….tell more lies…play the victim again…have friend apologize to the thief…use fried to testify in your frivolous court case…realize you have home grown idiots in your corner…breathe a sigh of relief…pray the citizens don’t catch on…continue lying.
That’s basically how to get away with incompetence in Lumberton. Now, I wouldn’t advise you trying that anywhere else or in places that actually want to grow but when you have a group of people that are vested in themselves and not their city; it definitely works. There was a special call meeting last night and I opted to stay home. At this juncture, I can’t deal with the idiocy of Lumberton politics more than once a month. I was, however, concerned about the fact that they failed to give Betty Speights her pay raise and increase in hours. Of course, I thought it was a ploy for them to attempt to change the vote but since the matter was passed and not vetoed ( I don’t think anyone other than Quincy Rogers understand the dynamics and protocol of a veto) they finally set an effective date for her long overdue reinstatement of hours.
While making calls to find out what happened at the board meeting, I found out some details about the audit that was underway at city hall. It seems that the accountant from Wright, Ward, Hatten and Guel has refused to perform the audit of the City of Lumberton because the budget, paperwork and accounts are in total disarray…allegedly! Let me give you insight on this accounting firm. Wright, Ward, Hatten and Guel was another recommendation from the phantom city clerk, Richard Rose, the embattled former city manager of Diamondhead. Interestingly, this is the same accounting firm that performed the audit for the City of Diamondhead. When I Googled them, I was impressed by their work because they were in the news for reporting cities for their errors and failure to adhere to the law. Apparently, the paperwork at Lumberton’s City Hall is so sloppily maintained that this accounting firm does not want to tarnish their good reputation by trying to perform an audit. I wonder how long are the elected officials of Lumberton going to make excuses for the lack of accountability within city hall?
When news of the audit came forth, there were red flags everywhere. I’ve been to several meetings and every time the city prepared for an audit, there were advertisements and the potential auditors came to the board meeting and presented a packet before the board selected the company that would perform the audit. For some reason, everything involving Richard Rose and his “recommendations” are done behind closed doors and are not included in the minutes. Interesting! One thing for certain, there’s no way the City of Lumberton is going to get that $2.5 million dollar Army Corp of Engineer grant without an audit. It look like they’re actually going to have to seek out the services of Nicholson and Company, PLLC and actually get an audit the correct way. We shall see!