The other day I showed readers how a political partisan with an axe to grind with the policies that the Board of Supervisors crafts a nice little video attacking those policies. He provides a private, temporary link to this video and asks the county’s Communications Director, Chief Executive Officer and the Public Information Officer for the Prince William County Police Department to review the video and provide him with their input. Tonight, let’s take a look at what just how far those consulting services can extend.
So much for the idea that this whole effort is only about informing the public. No, this is pretty clearly political activism, and the senior staff of the county is right there in the middle of it. Here the county’s Communications Director not only provides consulting services to Eric Byler of UnitedForObama and “9500 Liberty”, but she personally reaches out and enlists the efforts of others. Just in case Eric can’t coordinate with Carlos Castro of the Ayuda Business Coalition which also opposes the Rule of Law Resolution, Liz Bahrns not only provides him with Eric’s request, but acts to forward Castro’s suggestions back to Eric Byler. How nice of her.
The consensus of the result of Bahrns’ effors certainly seem to be that her efforts have significantly improved the video that Byler intends to use to attack the policies adopted by the Board of County Supervisors, and this is all happening with the full knowledge of County Executive Craig Gerhart. Bahrns works for Gerhart, and Gerhart is supposed to be working for the Board of Supervisors. It’s pretty clear that these folks aren’t working for the people of Prince William County, but pursuing their own political agendas while they’re supposed to be be working for the public. They even use county resources, in this case their email accounts, in order to do so.
No wonder Gerhart has opposed the creation of an Inspector General position within the county. It would really put a damper on shenanigans like these. Since the county’s personnel regulations have the legal force of a county ordinance, maybe law enforcement should be investigating these folks.
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