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Reform, Ethics and a New Direction Needed from County Executive

By Greg L | 25 January 2010 | Prince William County | 58 Comments

Guest Post By Bob Pugh

The Prince William County Board of Supervisors will soon select a new County Executive.  It is believed widely and confirmed off-the-record by some Supervisors that Assistant County Executive, Melissa Peacor, is the leading candidate for the job.  I oppose this choice strongly. The County’s new chief executive should be someone from outside current senior management who can act independently from existing pressures, alliances and conflicts of interest.
Prince William County senior management under the watch of former County Executive Craig Gerhart and Ms. Peacor:

  1. Failed completely to provide adequate oversight and internal control as evidenced by the criminal indictments in the bid-rigging scandals in OIT, and ongoing sexual/gender harassment and discrimination scandals in various parts of the County government;
  2. Protects members of senior staff and covers up their misconduct despite overwhelming evidence of inappropriate and unprofessional behavior; and
  3. Suffers from documented conflicts of interest that impair its ability to serve all the citizens of Prince William County in a fair and unbiased manner.

I believe that selecting someone who is entrenched in the current management structure will only perpetuate these problems.  Prince William County needs as its next County Executive an independent, experienced professional with a strong record of ethical conduct and serving the interests of their entire community.  Only a person with such independence of leadership can have any chance of correcting the problems that have been created over the past several years.

I have observed the Prince William County Government first-hand for over a decade.  From 1999 to 2003 I served as a Senior Financial Analyst in the County’s Finance Department.  Since that time I have been an independent small business owner and community volunteer in many roles, including serving on Supervisors’ budget committees.  Moreover, a member of my own family was one of the women affected by the Planning Office sexual harassment/discrimination scandals.  The issue of County Government leadership thus touches very closely to home.

Much has been said about the existence of tapes of Ms. Peacor.  My family member filed a grievance against Ray Utz and took her case to the County Executive hearing level of the employee grievance process.  After that hearing she found better employment elsewhere.  The County does not allow grievances to continue after the complainant leaves.  We have the audio tapes of that hearing against Ray Utz at which Ms. Peacor presided.  I have shared those tapes with both Greg and “Just the Facts.”

Our attorney advised us beforehand that the County’s employee grievance process is a sham designed to protect senior staff but that we needed to go through its steps to be able to pursue outside legal action later if we so chose.  He could not have been more correct.  So many women from the Planning Office wanted to be witnesses against Ray Utz that the attorney had to select only the three he thought would be most effective.  Ms. Peacor presided more as a prosecutor against the victim and her witnesses than as an independent, impartial judge.  She consistently defended Utz and went so far as to excuse his behavior toward women in the Long-Range Planning Office as understandable because he was going through a divorce.  As predicted, Ms. Peacor ruled against the victim and in favor of senior management (Ray Utz and Steve Griffin).

These tapes last about four hours.  Several people have expressed an interest in hearing them in order to form their own opinion.  I would be glad to welcome people to my office for a complete hearing of the tapes.  I can offer a comfortable seat and all of the freshly-ground Starbucks coffee you care to drink.  If anyone is interested, please contact Greg, who will pass on serious inquiries to me.  The only caveat is that I will protect the identity and privacy of the witnesses who are heard on the tapes.

Ray Utz continues to retaliate against the women who complained about his conduct, and he enjoys to this day the protection of senior management.  Another of the Planning Office women told us that a firm had decided to hire her contingent on a reference check.  Their human resources office (HR) contacted Ray Utz.  Prince William County’s HR policy states clearly that former supervisors are not allowed to make statements that reflect on a former employee’s performance.  Nonetheless, Utz made negative statements about her.  A member of the firm’s HR staff told her off the record that Utz’ comments were the only reason she did not get the job.

Upon learning of this incident, my family member hired a professional reference checking firm.  They contacted Utz and not only did he speak disparagingly about her, he indicated his awareness and understanding of Prince William County’s HR policy and told the interviewer that he did not want his remarks on the record.  The reference checking company documented his statements as a basis for possible future legal action.

We wrote to Cleil Fitzwater, Prince William County’s HR Director, County Attorney Angela Lemmon Horan, and BOCS Chair Corey Stewart providing that document on November 23, 2009.  None responded.  On December 8, 2009, we called Mr. Fitzwater, who did not take the call but wrote back on December 9, 2009.  His letter is linked here.  The County has taken no action of which we are aware, and the tone of Mr. Fitzwater’s letter indicates to me that they intend to take no substantive action.

Please note that Prince William County’s HR office is part of the Office of Executive Management where Ms. Peacor is currently employed.  Either she condones this sort of HR practice or is unaware of it.  If she is unaware of the County’s HR practices we have another problem of poor oversight and lack of internal controls that allowed the OIT big-rigging scandal to take place.

Another case of which I am aware also involved a County Executive level grievance hearing at which Ms. Peacor presided.  She acted again as prosecutor toward the victim and protected senior staff.  In this case, the County fired the woman, who had been an employee in the Public Works Department.  Among other abuses she suffered, she was mocked and ridiculed in her office because she had to wear a wig while undergoing chemo treatment for breast cancer.  We may be able to make the tapes of that hearing available also.

County senior management’s blunder in this case was to oppose her receiving unemployment benefits after firing her.  This move required an independent, impartial hearing with the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).  Senior County management was not able to manipulate and control the outcome of the VEC process as they do their own employee grievance process.  Despite senior County management’s having wasted hundreds of hours of taxpayer-funded staff time from Prince William County’s HR Office, County Attorney’s Office, and Office of Executive Management, VEC’s ruling exonerated this woman and said that the pattern of misconduct that the County alleged did not exist.

Another of the Planning Office women (we’re up to three now here, and there are many others) left the County Government and one year ago wrote a lengthy, detailed memo to HR and the EEO office describing her view of the problems in that office, and the conflicts of interest between Planning Director Steve Griffin and local land-use attorneys.  That memo has appeared on blogs in the past and Greg is providing a link here.

This memo is lengthy but please read it and form your own opinion as to its credibility.  I know this woman well and believe her accounts of her experiences in the Planning Office.  We spoke with her at Christmas, nearly a year after she wrote the memo, and no one from the County government has even responded to her, much less take any action.

Melissa Peacor is either discounting and ignoring these complaints and those from many other women all recounting similar experiences or she believes that this sort of conduct on the part of members of the County’s senior staff should be excused.  Decide for yourself.

Competence is another concern.  I worked with Ms. Peacor for over four years and do not believe she has the intellectual acumen to handle the County Executive job.  Suffice it to say that I would find it more rewarding to make a futile attempt to teach algebra to my cats than to try again to explain proffer calculation methodologies to Melissa Peacor.

When working for the Prince William County Government, my view of Ms. Peacor’s management style, shared by many others, was that of a micromanager who demands to have her way regardless of the informed input of others.  I recall occasions when she barged unannounced into meetings Finance Director Chris Martino was holding with his staff.  She made statements and demands many of us considered nonsensical.  Mr. Martino is one of the few genuinely intelligent people in senior management.  I dread the day that Ms. Peacor might have the authority to usurp fully the responsibility for County financial decision-making from him.

The conflicts of interest, mismanagement, incompetence, scandals, and protection of senior staff misconduct in the Prince William County Government are clear to me.  Prince William County was poorly led for many years by Craig Gerhart and his contingent of cronies.  The County must have new blood in its leadership that can rebuild the effectiveness, ethics, competency and transparency of its senior government leadership.

If any members of the Board of County Supervisors vote for the status quo and the “bad old way” in which the County does business now, the citizens need to rally around candidates in 2011 who will bring the change and new direction we need.  I see the choice of the new County Executive as a key test for our incumbent Supervisors.  I’ll be working in 2011 to create a BOCS that will take Prince William County into the future and finally leave management by cronyism and backroom deals in the past, and hope that everyone else will join that effort.

Bob Pugh is a former Prince William County Government employee, a local independent small-business owner and community volunteer.



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58 Comments

  1. Janet said on 25 Jan 2010 at 11:04 am:
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    Good summary. When you’re right, you’re right.

  2. Anonymous said on 25 Jan 2010 at 11:38 am:
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    You might also want to take a look at the DOJ/DHS block grants from a couple of years ago and compare the GTSI invoices with the amounts billed DOJ on the grant reimbursal forms. Looks like PWC bumped up the costs of the 800mhz radios and mobile data computers. Whose signature is on the reimbursal forms, Peacor’s.

  3. Patty said on 25 Jan 2010 at 12:06 pm:
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    Greg,

    Correct me if I’m wrong. Wasn’t it reported here that senior executive staff assisted Eric Byler and Annabelle Park in the production of their film? Didn’t executive staff provide clips of the BOCS meetings using county resources - and on county time?

    Isn’t it nice to have a documentary (biased documentary) done for you at county expense (tax payer expense)?

    If you still have documentation for that please add it to this thread.

  4. wait there is more! said on 25 Jan 2010 at 12:10 pm:
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    Thanks Greg for sticking up for county employees!

    Too bad the anti site does not seem to care - if fact they seem to be for her!

    Ask about DRIVE and BUILD and how much those cost taxpayers and status?

  5. Greg L said on 25 Jan 2010 at 12:16 pm:
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    Patty,

    Here are the posts you reference:

    Whose Government Is This, Anyways?
    And You Thought County Employees Worked For You
    Stalingrad On The Occoquan
    Craig Gerhart’s Madhouse County Government

  6. Riley said on 25 Jan 2010 at 12:22 pm:
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    I agree with Mr. Pugh. New blood is needed in the County Exec. position and I fear that Ms. Peacor would only continue to cover up past misdeeds and scandals.

  7. Kevin C said on 25 Jan 2010 at 1:38 pm:
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    Bob Pugh: “I worked with Ms. Peacor for over four years and do not believe she has the intellectual acumen to handle the County Executive job.”

    One more possibility as to why she is being considered?

    Maybe “they” need a FALL GUY/GIRL?

    Whatever the case, something needs to happen to bust this county WIDE OPEN and put these “people” in JAIL where they belong!

    We should be calling for, better yet, DEMANDING a FEDERAL investigation !!!!

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    Bob Pugh: “…one year ago wrote a lengthy, detailed memo to HR and the EEO office…”

    Now THERE’S a total waste of time!

    First, the EEO Officer works FOR the head of HR, Cliel Fitzwater!

    Second, I was told (O.K. heresay) that the County EEO Officer, Patra Wright at the time, was called “on the carpet” by the PWC Human Rights Commission for making EVERY SINGLE investigation she “conducted” come out in favor of PWC!

    THIS I was told, by one of the Human Rights Commissioners!!!

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    As I said earlier, these accusations BEG for a federal investigation!!!

    I, myself, went through TWO Personal Appeals Boards!

    The PWC version of: KANGAROO COURT (where you’re GUILTY before you walk in the door)!!!!!

  8. Loudoun Insider said on 25 Jan 2010 at 1:58 pm:
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    Loudoun County just went outside the county to get a new County Administrator, and it’s starting to pay off in new blood already. PWC must do the same - Peacor would be a disaster.

  9. AntiReporter said on 25 Jan 2010 at 5:05 pm:
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    Too bad the anti site does not seem to care - if fact they seem to be for her!

    That’s because the anti site is just against Corey Stewart and certain other supervisors. They loved Gerhart and they love anyone else who had anything to do with him. Gerhart is their hero.

  10. Conservative 2 said on 25 Jan 2010 at 5:49 pm:
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    What a sad state of affairs for our County. Ms. Peacor has been danger from the beginning. Personally Gerhardt should have been let go along time ago.

    The Supervisors have made their decisions and if it’s Peacor we need to demand an investigation! There are many signs that there needs to be an investigation on the whole County. The regular employee does not have a chance with the line -up of our senior staff.

    Peacor has a way of making things appear rosey and they are not. Did anyone hear Chief McGee with his report on the Fire Dept.? It was a total mess.Back when they put the station on P.W. Parkway, is when it was coming to light.But the senior staff made it sound like we were moving ahead,but McGee’s report was the opposite.
    WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THIS?

    We can’t keep building and put more people in danger with the lacking Fire Protection. Time to reconsider the Volunteers and what they feel is necessary.

    This is what we get with all the Highly Paid Executives.

  11. We Will Prevail said on 25 Jan 2010 at 7:41 pm:
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    I worked for PWC for many years, and it was absolutely the worst place I ever worked. I could add many similar tales to the above, but the important thing to keep in mind is that the management commits all of these misdeeds and crimes BECAUSE THEY CAN. Appealing to BOCS won’t do any good, because they are in bed with senior management who provides them and their relatives with illegal and unethical unearned privileges (with taxpayers’ money) such as landscaping and construction assistance for their homes. None of these people is really interested in running the county–the county is just a private playground on which to play out their neurotic dreams of power and pathetic need for recognition. It’s a private club, and the vast majority of employees and citizens are not members.

    This appalling miscarriage of justice will continue until the aggrieved parties band together and sue the county, sending them a message that we won’t tolerate this anymore.

    It requires a lot of courage, but if all of those who have commented here contact either the webmaster or Mr. Pugh, we can work together to accomplish progress.

  12. Kevin C said on 25 Jan 2010 at 11:14 pm:
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    We Will Prevail said on 25 Jan 2010 at 7:41 pm: “This appalling miscarriage of justice will continue until the aggrieved parties band together and sue the county…”

    I’ve been thinking, for a VERY long time now, about a CLASS ACTION LAW SUIT!

    THIS could be the place to put it together!

    Of course, a tidy little “organizational fee” would be in order for anyone who helped, agreed?

    Let’s face it, no one does ANYTHING for free and no one EXPECTS them to.

  13. PWCOvertaxed said on 26 Jan 2010 at 7:51 am:
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    Wow….great detailed insider view. I dont think Gerhart was all that bad…and in comparison to Peacour, he was “fantastic”! What a shock of our BOS goes through a time consuming, expensive search for a CXO and winds up hiring Dumbo the Clown…geez, does anyone wonder why PWC is a laughing stock?

  14. Bob Pugh said on 26 Jan 2010 at 8:20 am:
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    One of the victims in these scandals is now speaking with an employment attorney who is interested in taking on the Prince William County Government. She and her husband are meeting with me this week. I know of several others who are interested in pursuing their cases but are reluctant to go it alone.

    The key problem in a case such as this is that no single victim is likely to prevail on their own. Legal expenses are high and, as should be obvious to everyone, the County government is structured to protect senior staff. An individual who takes on the County must pay their own legal costs. Prince William County taxpayers pay the legal expenses through the County Attorney’s Office to defend the perpetrators regardless of how egregious their offenses are, and how overwhelming the evidence is against them.

    The County prevails virtually always. In the case of the Planning Office women, the victims have moved on to other employment and the next, hopefully better, phase of their lives. Even though they want to see justice done, their families and mortgages take priority. One of the really sad parts of this reality is that the Planning Office is now gutted. With one of Gerhart’s cronies as County Executive, Ray Utz and Steve Griffin will have essentially a free hand to do whatever they want.

    I must admit that because of these realities I am pessimistic about achieving anything through legal action. Our best route is to pressure the Board of County Supervisors to select as the next County Executive an honest, capable person from outside the existing management structure who can act independently. Installing one of Gerhart’s old cronies is ridiculous and those members of the BOCS who are leaning toward doing that should be ashamed of themselves.

    That said, legal action is possible and I am meeting this week with the couple who is trying to go that route. If a class action suit does start to move forward, I know of other victims who are interested in joining. If anyone else is interested please contact me – I’m not too hard to find around Prince William County. I’ll be out of my office next week but will get back with you as quickly as possible. I would be glad to hear your story and promise to keep your name and information absolutely confidential. If we get enough people together, legal action could work.

  15. Kevin C said on 26 Jan 2010 at 9:24 am:
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    Bob Pugh: “Our best route is to pressure the Board of County Supervisors to select as the next County Executive an honest, capable person from outside the existing management structure who can act independently.”

    I TOTALLY agree but, what can you do if the rumor is true that “they” have already selected Peacor?

    Hasn’t the proverbial “barn door” been left open?

    I STILL believe that Peacor knows where the “bodies are buried” and THAT is what she (may have) used as leverage to get the job.

    If you look back at Conservative 2’s post, and there was any underhanded dealing involved with building that fire station on the parkway, well, that would involve Jenkins and I just FLAT OUT don’t trust him!

    Bottom line being, there’s ONE vote.

    Personally, I’d rather see them ALL come clean and deal with THAT as opposed to dealing with this NIGHTMARE of a FREIGHT TRAIN named Peacor!

    It just defies ALL logic!!!

    For the record, if there’s anything I can do to help in any kind of lawsuit, just have Greg get in touch with me.

  16. Just the Facts said on 26 Jan 2010 at 1:24 pm:
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    I’m glad this is getting aired now prior to confirmation of Peacor as County Executive. Hopefully, Corey and the rest of the BOCS are reading these posts and decide on a better course of action. It might have been fun during Citizens Time to play clips of Peacor making stupid remarks and abusing harassment victims for her to listen to as she sits in the County Executive seat at BOCS meetings. Even better, however, would be letting Peacor think about all of the harm she has caused while a really top-notch person from outside her circle of cronies starts working to repair the damage of past several years after he/she takes office as our new County Executive.

    As far as I’m concerned, Corey can come out and say he never considered making Peacor, or any other insider, the new County Exec. OK - just give us someone who will get the job done and we’ll criticize no more.

  17. Kevin C said on 26 Jan 2010 at 2:02 pm:
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    Just the Facts said on 26 Jan 2010 at 1:24 pm: “As far as I’m concerned, Corey can come out and say he never considered making Peacor, or any other insider, the new County Exec. OK - just give us someone who will get the job done and we’ll criticize no more.”

    That would be fine except, here is an example of how politicians work, and believe me, it’s the SAME all over!

    What follows is an excerpt from my home town/state newspaper (Finch is the Mayor of Bridgeport, Ct which is, thankfully, NOT my home town):

    BRIDGEPORT — Since last fall, residents of the city’s upper East Side have vehemently protested the state’s plans to build a new detention center…echoed by all the politicians representing the neighborhood.

    But a trail of e-mails and transcripts of state legislative committee meetings shows that Mayor Bill Finch and local legislators knew — or should have known — the state planned to build the center on Virginia Avenue at least two years before the project came to the public’s attention…

    Since then, local officials, including Finch…have blasted state officials for keeping under wraps the plans to build a 36,000-square-foot facility at 115 Virginia Ave.

    But in a recent meeting with the Connecticut Post editorial board, Susan Hamilton, commissioner of the state Department of Children and Families, said she didn’t understand local officials’ claims that they had not been informed about the state’s plans. “That was very troubling to me,” Hamilton said. “We have been discussing this in the executive branch and in the legislature for a long time.”

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    Does THAT (scenario) sound FAMILIAR?

    Anyone care to BET that, after all is said and done, ALL of the local politicians will plead IGNORANCE to any wrongdoings by Peacor?

    The political credo: DENY EVERYTHING!!!!!

  18. Robert E. Slavin said on 26 Jan 2010 at 3:57 pm:
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    Mr. Pugh,

    I am Bob Slavin and have been hired by the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors to assess the qualifications of candidates for the County Executive ’s position. It has come to my attention that you have tapes that you believe bear on the qualifications of Melissa Peacor. I would like to listen to these tapes as soon as possible, as the Board could make a hiring decision as early as Tuesday, February 2. I’m not available to come to your office to listen to your tapes as I’m located near Atlanta . Would you provide me with a copy? If there is a cost associated with you copying the tapes, please let me know what that is. In addition, I am willing to pay to have them sent overnight to me. As an alternative to copying the tapes, would you obtain the release of the employee whose personnel proceeding these tapes concern and make them public?

    Thank you. Bob Slavin

    C: Cleil Fitzwater

  19. Robert E. Slavin said on 26 Jan 2010 at 4:00 pm:
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    Mr. Pugh,

    I am Bob Slavin and have been hired by the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors to assess the qualifications of candidates for the County Executive ’s position. It has come to my attention that you have tapes that you believe bear on the qualifications of Melissa Peacor. I would like to listen to these tapes as soon as possible, as the Board could make a hiring decision as early as Tuesday, February 2. I’m not available to come to your office to listen to your tapes as I’m located near Atlanta . Would you provide me with a copy? If there is a cost associated with you copying the tapes, please let me know what that is. In addition, I am willing to pay to have them sent overnight to me. As an alternative to copying the tapes, would you obtain the release of the employee whose personnel proceeding these tapes concern and make them public?

    Thank you. Bob Slavin

    C: Cleil Fitzwater

  20. Bob Pugh said on 26 Jan 2010 at 5:11 pm:
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    Mr. Slavin:

    Mr. Fitzwater has all of my contact information. I will be in my office all day tomorrow. If he can provide the appropriate forms I can assure you that the member of my family will sign the release to allow him to make copies of the grievance hearing tapes related to her case for your review. Unfortunately, I do not have equipment to make copies myself. Moreover, she would also be willing sign a release to allow you to speak with the attorney who represented her in this matter and allow you to review material he has, subject to protecting the privacy of the witnesses, which will provide you with greater context of the situation, and why we feel the grievance hearing at which Ms. Peacor presided was a forgone conclusion. This attorney has represented other Prince William County Government employees, including others in grievance hearings with Ms. Peacor, and can speak with even greater depth on the difficulties employees in Prince William County experience in getting a fair hearing.

    We would also be glad to answer any questions you have for us. Since this situation began others in our community have come to me for advice. I will not reveal anyone’s names or betray any confidences people have placed in me but I can describe to you other problems related to the County Government.

    Mr. Fitzwater is aware of the identity of the other person referred to in the post as well. I suggest that he contact that individual to ask her permission for you to review her tapes also.

    We, as many others who have gone through similar experiences, feel that Prince William County has done a great injustice to us and our families through an employee grievance process that affords no possibility for employees to obtain a fair resolution of their problems. We want very much for that situation to change and for County employees to be able to obtain just and impartial outcomes. We welcome your full, independent review.

    Bob Pugh

  21. Ed Hoyer said on 26 Jan 2010 at 7:06 pm:
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    “I dont think Gerhart was all that bad…and in comparison to Peacour, he was “fantastic”! ”

    Gerhart was a disaster. Exhibit one: for years staff complained about the mess in OIT and in return were told to sit down and shut up.

    Executive Management was his little fiefdom, and the Inner Circle (including Gupta) were his minions. They could do no wrong. Make no mistake, Melissa is Craig’s creation.

    She is not disliked and distrusted because she’s had to make hard decisions. She is disliked and distrusted because she is rude, arrogant, hypocritical, and a bully.

    RICTER? Please. Over the past ten years I personally have witnessed her behave in ways that violated every single solitary principle on the RICTER scale, and on more than a few occasions. It was always tolerated because “well, that’s just Melissa.”

    She will tell the Board what they want to hear so they’ll hire her, and she’ll continue to wipe her feet on staff. Which is fine, if that’s how the Board wishes for staff to be treated.

    Want to see the Citizen Survey rankings to plunge into the toilet? Watch what happens if the Board hires Melissa. See what that does to morale, attrition rates, and eventually customer service.

    Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

  22. Not about to tell said on 26 Jan 2010 at 8:02 pm:
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    I could not have said it better myself. I too have first hand experience in PWC’s senior management arena and concur entirely with this article.

  23. AntiReporter said on 26 Jan 2010 at 8:52 pm:
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    Over on the anti site - they are appalled at Mr. Slavin’s posts here in particularly - have posted a URL to his website and appear to be mounting some sort of attack against him! Go read the topic “Open Thread 1/25/10 and you will see what they are up to! Even Lafayette is chiming in as usual!

  24. One of the kinights who 'til recently said "Nee" said on 26 Jan 2010 at 9:35 pm:
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    It is by design the nom de plume is from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Certainly looking for good government is akin to searching for the Holy Grail; matched with a similar expectation of failure and frustration.

    Born and matured in a “blue collar” environment, I am registered as a Democrat, and have voted by my conscious laced with my father’s acute political acumen: He said back in the early 60s:“The only difference between the fat Elephant and the dumb Jackass is that when the Democrats are in charge there is overtime for the working man and woman and when the Republicans are in charge there is none.”

    In observing politics inside from the outside, it is clear (if anything can be clear) that politicians, civil servants, sports celebrities, and ordinary people cannot escape the harshness associated with two words–“transparency” and “accountability.”

    Bob Pugh has penned a rather brilliant statement on January 25, 2010. The eloquence and passion of Mr. Pugh’s conviction aside, the failure of PWC HR and the PWC BOCS to respond to his concerns of November 23, 2009, cuts across the entire fabric of government and politics. It should not matter one iota whether you are a Democrat, a Republican, or an Independent. Justice, not political expedience, should prevail.

    Does not the wiring diagram of PWC Government show that the executive branch is responsible to the BOCS, and the BOCS is responsible to the citizens and taxpayers? So where is governmental (civil servants and elected officials) transparency and accountability for the flagrant violation of PWC policy outlined in Mr. Pugh’s November 23, 2009, letter? The silence is matched by that of others who have sought answers to reasonable requests for information. For example, is silence at the executive level justified when an individual who is going through a grievance process receives a written directive from their appointing authority stating “under the treat of termination” not to talk with anyone of the individual’s subordinates. The individual sought immediately and in writing clarification from Ms. Peacor, who was in charge of the grievance panel, to determine if the written directive meant that prospective witnesses, who are also subordinates, should not be contacted for fear of being terminated.

    At the taped grievance hearing Ms. Peacor asked “Where are your witnesses?” She was reminded of the written request for clarification and it was noted to Peacor that she never replied. Not wanting to defy a “written directive,” witnesses, who would also be the individual’s subordinates, were not sought. Peacor’s silence on the tape and her eventual response is telling.

    It is irrefutable that an elected delegate Commonwealth and a member of Congress wrote to PWC with specific concerns about one of their constituents. The answer accepted from the executive branch, which in theory is held accountable to the BOCS, was “this is a personnel matter” and “PWC policy does not allow it to be discussed with anyone but the individual involved.”

    Should concerns about upholding the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Federal statues be skirted by reducing the issues as being little more than a “personnel matter?”

    Many years ago I took without reservation an oath to “protect” the U.S. Constitution from “all enemies foreign and domestic.”

    Without being too melodramatic, there are domestic enemies of the U.S. Constitution within PWC.

    Keith C. on January 25, 2010, wrote that the Personnel Appeals Board was a Kangaroo Court. There are individuals who have spoken and probably more who have remained silent out of fear of termination; whose stories to support PWC’s posture of an individual not in the inner circle being guilty until proven innocent. Here is a question for PWC HR: Has anyone gone through the personnel appeals process and were vindicated? It would be interesting for that person or those persons to step forward with their insight into PWC justice.

    I would like stand up in defense of Kangaroos from being unfairly associated with unsavory courtroom proceedings. A better, and more politically difficult to stomach, analogy is drawing the parallel between Peacor and the said Personnel Appeals Board with the posturing of Roland Freisler at the Volksgerichstof (People’s Court) during the “trial” of Operation Valkyrie co-conspirators. And if the references to Nazi Germany are uncomfortable, then take a serious look at Feudalism instead of Fascism to get a clearer understanding and appreciation of the PWC mix of tyrants, despots, and technocrats calling themselves elected officials or civil servants.

    In response to a different entry, Keith C. on January 23, 2010, suggested: “Kinda makes you WONDER (If, hopefully a big , BIG if, it’s true) what she’s GOT on them, doesn’t it? On January 26, 2010, Keith also stated: “ . . .what can you do if the rumor is true that “they” have already selected Peacor? Hasn’t the proverbial “barn door” been left open? I STILL believe that Peacor knows where the “bodies are buried” and THAT is what she (may have) used as leverage to get the job.”

    Right on the mark Keith! Too many people probably have their hands in the cookie jar and no one wants to cry foul first for fear of being revealed to others–something about being the first to cast a stone when living in a glass house.

    Recall the “no witnesses” story a few paragraphs above? The then country executive Gerhart, and one of the PWC lawyers and the BOCS were informed of this situation. Results? Zippo! Should not have someone, somewhere in the PWC Government have even a rudimentary sense of curiosity to discover what was the ground truth? And what about a certain Public Works official, who in his promotion press release, claimed to have a degree from a European institution that does not exist? The highest civil servants and elected officials are aware of this and have done . . .well. . .what have they done? Zippo! It would have been simple for any one of them to post a copy of the individual in question’s degree. This line of questioning would have died on the vine and the veracity of the individual bringing this “fact” or other “facts” to light would have been placed into serious questioning. However, a failure to respond to repeated concerns, promotes an air of cover up and supports Keith C.’s observation of “bodies being buried.”

    There seems to be too many people who have too much dirt on too many other people to allow government, let alone good government, to function.

    Should not Richmond be concerned?

    Should not Congress be concerned?

    Are not Commonwealth and Federal monies being used to support PWC activities?

    Where is the accountability and where is the oversight? The lack of accountability and oversight led to select OIT personnel embezzling at last count between 8 and 9 million dollars.

    Or will it take a significant legal action to bankrupt the County before various elected officials and civil servants join the 10% unemployed or share a facility with their former OIT brethren. It is alright if PWC wants to give out “golden” or even copper parachutes, as long as they are made by the same ACME Company used by Wiley Coyote.

    So here is maybe a reasonable solution.

    Take the University of Virginia work place study done a few years ago and set up a “blue ribbon” panel. The panel will be given the authority to reveal its findings publically within the boundaries of the Privacy Act and offer publically recommendations and suggestions for adverse personnel action or criminal prosecutions. It would be a forum where victims, free from the fear of being fired, can come forward, and like a whistle blower, raise concerns and provide supporting documentation without fear. This panel would strive to hold civil servants and elected officials accountable by making their actions transparent for all to view.

    I know this notion smacks of democracy, but why not give it a spin? Feudalism is not working to the advantage of honest hardworking PWC tax payers. There is sufficient data to support the notion that hardworking PWC employees have been wrongly accused and punished for doing their job; which is ensuring PWC citizens receive the services they pay for with their hard earned tax dollars.

  25. Kevin C said on 26 Jan 2010 at 10:07 pm:
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    One of the kinights who ’til recently said “Nee” said on 26 Jan 2010 at 9:35 pm: “…is silence at the executive level justified when an individual who is going through a grievance process receives a written directive from their appointing authority stating “under the treat of termination” not to talk with anyone of the individual’s subordinates.”

    Is that anything like being accused of violating FIVE PWC Personnel Policies and, when you go to a lawyer for advice, the Division Chief call EVERYONE involved into a conference room and FORBIDS them to speak with you, the accused?

    Question being, HOW does on DEFEND oneself?

    BTW, the DIRECTIVE forbidding the individuals involved to talk, came from the Director of Public Works!

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    One of the kinights who ’til recently said “Nee” said on 26 Jan 2010 at 9:35 pm: “In response to a different entry, Keith C…”

    Not hard to see why you got MY name wrong, Kangaroo!

    You didn’t even get YOUR OWN name RIGHT !!!!!

    One of the KINIGHTS?????

    That’s all for now, I’m LAUGHING WAY TOO HARD !!!!!

  26. One of the knights who 'til recently said "Nee" said on 26 Jan 2010 at 10:25 pm:
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    Kevin,

    No malice of forethought on my part as to identifying you as Keith instead of Kevin.

    yET, I am pleaseD that I can bring some humor to this travesty for PWC employees and PWC taxpayers.

  27. anon said on 26 Jan 2010 at 10:32 pm:
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    Of course there were underhanded deals to get the fire station on the Parkway. The data analysis at the time based on land use and projections clearly showed that the station should be located in the vicinity of Caton Hill and Minnieville (I can’t recall the precise location). Problem was that the area in which it should have been built wasn’t in Jenkins district, it was in Ruth Grigg’s Occoquan district. And Jenkins had been promised the next fire station.

    So, do we build for response times and coverage or for political favor? Political favor, of course. After all, this is PWC.

  28. Kevin C said on 26 Jan 2010 at 10:40 pm:
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    One of the knights who ’til recently said “Nee” said on 26 Jan 2010 at 9:35 pm: “However, a failure to respond to repeated concerns, promotes an air of cover up and supports Keith C.’s observation of “bodies being buried.”

    One of the knights who ’til recently said “Nee” said: “There seems to be too many people who have too much dirt on too many other people to allow government, let alone good government, to function.”

    Kevin C (NOT Keith): Proving WHAT?

    That BAD management is better than NO management?

    NOT acceptable!

    FEDERAL laws have been broken, not to mention the HUGE amounts of PERSONAL DAMAGE done to individuals, and it is about DAMN TIME something be DONE about it!

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    One of the knights who ’til recently said “Nee” said on 26 Jan 2010 at 9:35 pm: Many years ago I took without reservation an oath to “protect” the U.S. Constitution from “all enemies foreign and domestic.”

    Then DO IT, DAMN IT !!!!!

    You sound like JUST the person to DEMAND the investigation.

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    One of the knights who ’til recently said “Nee” said on 26 Jan 2010 at 9:35 pm: “Right on the mark Keith!”

    BULL’S ear, CATNIP!!

  29. Someone related closely to the knight who once said "Nee" said on 26 Jan 2010 at 10:52 pm:
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    Kevin,

    No malice of forethought on my part as to identifying you as Keith instead of Kevin.

    I am pleased, however, some MP humor to this travesty for PWC employees and PWC taxpayers has found its mark.

  30. Had to be said said on 26 Jan 2010 at 10:53 pm:
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    Someone should look into Peacor’s involvement in the Health Insurance rigged process last year. Due to her numerous slip ups, I firmly believe that Peacor should not be the next CE. I can’t beleive that the BOCS would seriously even consider her after all the recent scandals under her watch. Something must be in the water as I beleive several Supervisors are clearly under the influence. The Chairman needs to stand up and lead a true and wide reaching search.

  31. Kevin C said on 26 Jan 2010 at 11:26 pm:
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    One of the knights who ’til recently said “Nee” said on 26 Jan 2010 at 10:25 pm: “Kevin,

    No malice of forethought on my part as to identifying you as Keith instead of Kevin.

    Yet, I am pleased that I can bring some humor to this travesty for PWC employees and PWC taxpayers.

    None taken, Kangaroo.

    I really did think it was funny. (I’m STILL crackin’ up)

    I ALMOST ended my last post with, “We cannot afford to lose our sense of humor,” and you’re RIGHT, it IS a TRAVESTY!!

    Now let’s DO something about it!

    Talk is CHEAP!!!

  32. Kevin C said on 26 Jan 2010 at 11:31 pm:
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    Someone related closely to the knight who once said “Nee” said on 26 Jan 2010 at 10:52 pm: “Kevin,

    No malice of forethought on my part as to identifying you as Keith instead of Kevin.

    I am pleased, however, some MP humor to this travesty for PWC employees and PWC taxpayers has found its mark.”

    Hmmmm?

  33. We Will Prevail said on 27 Jan 2010 at 12:08 am:
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    This is for Kevin C.: Can you tell us which division you worked for in Public Works? Are you still working there? I am asking because I worked there for several years and had many encounters with these individuals.

  34. Kevin C said on 27 Jan 2010 at 12:51 am:
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    We Will Prevail said on 27 Jan 2010 at 12:08 am: “This is for Kevin C.: Can you tell us which division you worked for in Public Works?”

    Solid Waste which, thanks to me, became “affectionately” known as TOTAL Waste!

    I no longer work there.

    “They” GOT RID of me, with the help of Paul F. (for FU**STER) Nichols, although this may sound like a rationalization, because they just didn’t know how to deal with my HONESTY!

    The KANGAROO COURT I referred to in one of my earlier posts.

    At my VERY FIRST staff meeting, dealing with leave abuse, I told little Tommie Smith, in private so as not to totally embarrass him that, “You don’t fix leave abuse from the BOTTOM up, you fix it from the TOP down!”

    He didn’t like that.

    I’m pretty sure THAT’S when I put the BULL’S EYE on my back. (Just before they GOT RID of me one of the contractors told me, “I heard they’re sharpening an AXE for you!”)

    He, little Tommie Smith, also didn’t like it when I asked him, in reference to PRIVATIZING recycling, “HOW LONG can you continue to send THREE men and TWO trucks out, for an EIGHT HOUR day, to collect TWENTY DOLLARS worth of material?”

    I coined many phrases while working there.

    The one I am MOST proud of, “Prince William County, bending over BACKWARDS to accommodate the DEAD WEIGHT!”

    It seems “they’re” at it again with the ridiculous (rumored) appointment of Peacor!

    I TRULY hope the people RISE UP if she is appointed!

    For the record, Prince William County was THE most dangerous place I have ever worked and I have VIDEO to PROVE it!

    One example: SEVEN YEARS working under and around an overhead crane WITHOUT a HARD HAT!!!

    When I finally INSISTED on distribution of hard hats, a Shift Supervisor told my fellow employees that, “It’s Kevin’s fault that you have to wear hard hats!”

    Like I said, THE MOST dangerous place I have ever worked!

  35. Kevin C said on 27 Jan 2010 at 9:41 am:
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    I just remembered another one of my PWC Mottos: “I’m just here to pick up a paycheck, if you want me to WORK, that’s gonna cost you EXTRA!”

  36. Just the Facts said on 27 Jan 2010 at 9:59 am:
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    Kevin C said - “Is that anything like being accused of violating FIVE PWC Personnel Policies and, when you go to a lawyer for advice, the Division Chief call EVERYONE involved into a conference room and FORBIDS them to speak with you, the accused?”

    More clear evidence of the corruption in senior management. Mr. Pugh apparently provided third-party documentation and proof of Ray Utz violating personnel policies, but Utz gets a free pass.

    I can only hope that Corey and the board back off on wanting to hire Peacor and decide to bring in someone from the outside who knows how to clean house. Then, Peacor, Fitzwater, Griffin, Utz, Bruun and the rest should be fired.

    In addition, the County should apologize to all of the past victims of this regime and offer comparable employment to those who were fired or harassed to point that they left.

    I want a County Government that is ethical, transparent, and that we can be proud of!

  37. We Will Prevail said on 27 Jan 2010 at 11:32 am:
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    Again back to Kevin C.: can you tell us which Public Works director was involved–Bob Wilson or Tom Bruun? I’m collecting data on this.

    Did you have an attorney?

    Some of the people who have been the butt of the PWC management’s megalomaniac pathologies have received negative job references. Has that happened to you?

    Again, all of this suggests a town hall sort of meeting to band together and present our grievances. One of the things I heard while working in Public Works was that I was the only one who was bad. Obviously, this is abusive, but the management has been allowed to do whatever they want because they don’t fear retribution from anyone.

  38. Kevin C said on 27 Jan 2010 at 1:13 pm:
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    We Will Prevail said on 27 Jan 2010 at 11:32 am: “Again back to Kevin C.: can you tell us which Public Works director was involved–Bob Wilson or Tom Bruun?”

    THREE DOLLAR Bob Wilson was “in charge” but Tom Bruun is NO BETTER!

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    We Will Prevail said on 27 Jan 2010 at 11:32 am: Did you have an attorney?

    I TRIED to hire David Albo but he wouldn’t touch it!

    TOO political, I guess?

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    We Will Prevail said on 27 Jan 2010 at 11:32 am: “One of the things I heard while working in Public Works was that I was the only one who was bad.”

    For all my hard work and HONESTY, I was nicknamed “TROUBLE” by the (DISHONEST) Solid Waste Division Chief?

  39. Bob Pugh said on 27 Jan 2010 at 1:33 pm:
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    My understanding this afternoon is that Corey and the BOCS have reversed their decision to promote Melissa Peacor and will announce Pierce Homer as the new County Executive next Tuesday. Keep in mind that I don’t know this with absolute certainty and it could change. However, it makes sense to me in part because I have heard nothing today from Mr. Slavin or Mr. Fitzwater about reviewing the grievance hearing tapes.

    In 2000 after Bern Ewert left as County Executive the BOCS did not conduct a nationwide search. The two candidates were Craig Gerhart and Pierce Homer. As we know, Gerhart won. Pierce went on to become Secretary of Transportation in Richmond, a post he held until just recently.

    I worked with Pierce for about a year before he left PWC and remember him as a very bright fellow. His strongest credential, I believe, is that he has been away from PWC long enough not to be an insider and is most assuredly not a member of Gerhart’s inner circle. His experience in transportation should be a strong asset for us also.

    A lot of damage needs to be repaired, however, especially among mistreated former and current employees. Legal action may be forthcoming. I am available to help coordinate such action and press for the reforms we need in the way Prince William County treats its employees. Major reforms are also needed in the Planning Office, Public Works and elsewhere.

    I certainly wish Melissa Peacor well. Perhaps with new management coming in and the likely demise of Gerhart’s inner circle she can become part of the solutions and we will all come to have a much higher regard for her work in the future. I’ve watched the quality and caliber of our County government decline for several years and felt passionately that we need new leadership and someone from the outside as our next County Executive. If today’s report is correct, my hat’s off to Corey and the BOCS. This will be an opportunity to start afresh.

  40. Kevin C said on 27 Jan 2010 at 1:48 pm:
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    Just the Facts said on 27 Jan 2010 at 9:59 am: “Kevin C said - “Is that anything like being accused of violating FIVE PWC Personnel Policies and, when you go to a lawyer for advice, the Division Chief call EVERYONE involved into a conference room and FORBIDS them to speak with you, the accused?”

    More clear evidence of the corruption in senior management.

    Then, Peacor, Fitzwater, Griffin, Utz, Bruun and the rest should be fired.”

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    Right up to and including INTO my (first) Personal Appeals Board I was DENIED, by Fitzwater, a copy of the investigation conducted by the (GET WHITEY) EEO Officer, Patra Wright.

    So, now, everyone involved was FORBIDDEN to speak to me by the Solid Waste Division Thief, a directive passed down from the Director of Public Works, and I was DENIED a copy of the investigation ON WHICH the five charges were BASED!!!

    Again, HOW does one DEFEND oneself???

    I shouldn’t leave out the fact that the Solid Waste Division Thief ALSO told the same people he FORBID to speak to me that they were to REPORT to HIM, should I try to speak to them???!!!???

    Only in Prince William County can senior management VIOLATE a person’s CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS and get away with it!!!

    Federal laws were violated, there SHOULD be a FEDERAL INVESTIGATION into Prince William County Senior Management!!!

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    ONE YEAR after my first appeals board, I entered into my SECOND appeals board where, as I said with the help of Paul F. (for FU**STER) Nichols who entered into an ILLEGAL and UNETHICAL relationship with the Assistant County Attorney (Robb Skoff), the (SEXUAL PREDATOR) Director of Public Works, THREE DOLLAR Bob Wilson, RAILROADED me out of my job!!!

    Three Dollar Bob was motivated by the FACT that he knew I was the ONLY one with enough BALLS who would eventually EXPOSE him for what he was, a sexual predator who used his position to lure ambitious, naive young MEN to his house in Maryland.

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    One of the knights who ’til recently said “Nee” said on 26 Jan 2010 at 9:35 pm: “Here is a question for PWC HR: Has anyone gone through the personnel appeals process and were vindicated?”

    I agree, a VERY interesting question.

    No doubt, Cliel Fitzwater will DENY that information!

    One of the things “they” do BEST is COVER THEIR TRACKS!!!!

  41. Riley said on 27 Jan 2010 at 3:00 pm:
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    Bob, I heard that Pierce withdrew his name and while he was highly ranked, he wasn’t among the finalists because he dropped out.

  42. Bob Pugh said on 27 Jan 2010 at 3:17 pm:
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    Jim, I thought I could go home more-or-less satisfied today and feel that the BOCS was getting something kind of right. My first reaction about Pierce was somewhat uncertain (he had been an insider) but the more I thought about the idea the more it sounded OK to me. I did write in my post that I wasn’t sure about this. Still, I haven’t heard from Slavin or Fitzwater about the tapes - don’t know what that means now.

  43. We Will Prevail said on 27 Jan 2010 at 3:17 pm:
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    The situation described by Kevin C. is not at all unusual, and I agree, Tom Bruun is just as bad as Bob Wilson, if not worse. My impression is that he (and Wilson before him) runs the show in the county, which is pathetic because he has no credentials other than having been Wilson’s handmaiden for years…of course, that began because he was one of Bob’s boys in high school. Shouldn’t this raise eyebrows?

    I have seen instances in which his boss, Susan Roltsch, has declined to impose necessary sanctions on him, and Corey Stewart also will not criticize him. If your bosses let you do whatever you want, doesn’t that help reinforce a little bully? If you have experience with parenting a toddler, then you will understand how Wilson and Bruun think and act.

    Public Works is an extremely feudal system in which senior management doesn’t care if you do your job, as long as you suck up to them. They are so used to getting their way that they can’t conceive of anything happening to them: therefore, they deny the civil rights of employees who they don’t like, and target them for RIFing and termination. Assuming they are intelligent enough to think of consequences (which I’m not sure), they are counting on the aggrieved employees beiing so devastated by the whole experience that they can’t do anything about it. That’s what we have to change.

  44. Kevin C said on 27 Jan 2010 at 3:19 pm:
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    Bob Pugh said on 27 Jan 2010 at 1:33 pm: “…I have heard nothing today from Mr. Slavin or Mr. Fitzwater about reviewing the grievance hearing tapes.”

    My money is on Fitzwater HOPING the whole thing will just GO AWAY!!!

    It’s out in the open now and SHOULD be investigated!!!

  45. Kevin C said on 27 Jan 2010 at 5:02 pm:
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    First, I SHOULD have said, in my last post, Fitzwater and COMPANY!

    Now on to responses:

    We Will Prevail said on 27 Jan 2010 at 3:17 pm: “…Tom Bruun is just as bad as Bob Wilson, if not worse. My impression is that he (and Wilson before him) runs the show in the county, which is pathetic because he has no credentials other than having been Wilson’s handmaiden for years…of course, that began because he was one of Bob’s boys in high school. Shouldn’t this raise eyebrows?”

    As stated earlier, or maybe on another thread, I said that Chuck Colgan, Ben Thompson and John Jenkins nearly BROKE their NECKS turning a “blind eye” to THREE DOLLAR Bob showing up to a VMMA (Alan Kor’s place in Nokesville) reception (invitation only) with three young MEN (BOYS compared to HIM) in tow, on a Sunday morning.

    I’m VERY SURE all three county employees, in fact they looked like the GAY SQUAD Wilson was so famous for “parading” around the county with.

    This may be speculation but it seemed pretty obvious that they spent the night TOGETHER as I am very sure Wilson didn’t make the drive from Maryland that MORNING!

    I KNOW Colgan wasn’t about to say anything because he didn’t want to jeopardize the HEFTY donations from Public Works for his son’s Freedom Museum including, I THINK, the donation of 29 acres in Broad Run.

    I say, “I THINK” because I’m not sure if the acreage was ever approved.

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    We Will Prevail said on 27 Jan 2010 at 3:17 pm: “Public Works is an extremely feudal system in which senior management doesn’t care if you do your job, as long as you suck up to them.”

    Another thing that bothered Wilson about me, I never TREMBLED the way the other PEONS did in his presence.

    I was born and raised into politics, albeit in a foreign country known as Connecticut (for those of you who aren’t particularly fond of us Damn Yankees) and “hung out” with much, MUCH bigger fish than Bob Wilson ever DREAMED of being!

  46. benton said on 27 Jan 2010 at 6:51 pm:
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    OMG - exactly which medicine(s) have the all the local CVS pharmacies run out of this week?

  47. Kevin C said on 28 Jan 2010 at 5:16 am:
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    benton said on 27 Jan 2010 at 6:51 pm: “OMG - exactly which medicine(s) have the all the local CVS pharmacies run out of this week?”

    benton, is that the BEST you can do?

    Meaningless, CHILDISH chatter?

    Seriously, if THAT’S all you’ve got, you’d better go back to the SHALLOW end of the pool!

    Stay over there on antiBVBL, where they speak your language!

    WHAT’S with this, “OMG???”

    What’re you, a sixteen year old GIRL???

    And whatever you do, DON’T try to figure out “things” that are way, WAY over your head!

  48. A kakistocracy by any other name is PWC said on 28 Jan 2010 at 6:34 am:
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    Three Dollar Bob, in his effort to be all powerful, swore that certain parties who openly called him on the carpet (about his choice in company) and anyone associated would “never again” work with/for Public Works so long as he was in control. He was unsuccessful, in hindsight, that may have been more of a blessing than a curse.

    While Three Dollar Bob is no longer at the helm directly, he has left in his wake a puppet to run Public Works, not to mention his “secretary”, who continues to foster the Three Dollar Bob mantra of “do as I say, not as I do”. The “secretary” continues to ensure that Three Dollar Bob’s ideologies are firmly in place, today.

    The puppet and his puppet-master’s spécialité is violating federal employment law interspersed with demoralization, harassment, criticism and singling out for elimination those who question their practices.

    With Cleil and Patra as the employee’s “ally”…who needs enemies?

    As long as you work for PWC you’re force-fed the RICTER scale, the Vision & Values, and the “Customer Bill of Rights”…the biggest joke I have seen.

    Employees are told to follow the book for the common citizen-but when you’re one of the few with deep pockets or you have the developer’s clout, the rules simply do not matter; local and state regulations can be swept under the rug momentarily to get you what you need.

    I have literally watched “customers” who know how to play the system get on their cell phone when they hit the parking lot, and start calling certain directors in anticipation of needing their pull to get a job done.

    The most amusing observation is when direct supervisors criticize employees for doing their job, all the while telling the employee that [insert responsibility here] is not part of their job- when it fact it is.

    There was a quote by Susan Roltsch several months back where she said that she never wanted to hear an employee say it wasn’t their job (to help a citizen, I guess?). I guess Susan doesn’t know how the rest of PWC works when it comes to “customer-service”.

    One’s rank in the pecking order in PWC is directly proportionate to their lack of morals.

    I hope that whomever the BOCs selects as the new CXO, has enough testicular fortitude to start cleaning house from top to bottom.

  49. Kevin C said on 28 Jan 2010 at 9:09 am:
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    THIS applies to both quotes (although not directly to Susan):

    A kakistocracy by any other name is PWC said on 28 Jan 2010 at 6:34 am: “I guess Susan doesn’t know how the rest of PWC works…”

    A kakistocracy by any other name is PWC said on 28 Jan 2010 at 6:34 am: “One’s rank in the pecking order in PWC is directly proportionate to their lack of morals.”

    I once saw, WITH MY OWN EYES, Susan’s husband (Al) stand by, watching helplessly, as a county employee was RAILROADED out of his job for, basically, declining an invitation to THREE DOLLAR Bob’s house in Maryland, for the weekend!

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    A kakistocracy by any other name is PWC said on 28 Jan 2010 at 6:34 am: “While Three Dollar Bob is no longer at the helm directly, he has left in his wake a puppet to run Public Works, not to mention his “secretary…”

    Let’s not tap dance around the edges here, does Joan Loyko now work for Tom Bruun, his PUPPET?

    If so, it’s like he NEVER LEFT!!!!

  50. Kevin C said on 28 Jan 2010 at 2:50 pm:
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    Anyone seen the Kinight GALLOPING around?

  51. Ed Hoyer said on 28 Jan 2010 at 8:54 pm:
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    “does Joan Loyko now work for Tom Bruun”

    Yes.

  52. Jenny said on 29 Jan 2010 at 7:10 am:
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    I don’t know who Peacor is, but it sounds as if she does get the job of running this county, then I need to get active in voting out my representative. Listen Board of Supervisors:

    FRESH NEW BLOOD in the county! Get it? FRESH PERSPECTIVES!! No more of the promote from within to the highest level. You have a freaking mess on your hands and this is how you want to handle it? By making someone who has been a part of it, and obviously, just from the postings here, someone who has issues dealing with people, the person who will provide the direction and use OUR money to do so?

    Don’t be politically stupid Board of Supervisors. Get a clue and get someone fresh in here. Yes it may mean some pain initially, but that’s a good thing. Birth-pangs….they give rise to something beautiful.

  53. I'm mad as he** and I'm not going to take it anymore! said on 29 Jan 2010 at 7:41 am:
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    Jenny, my sentiments exactly. After the shennanigans on Avendale and now Peacor, I think we’ll see a rising up of the citizens in 2011 that will have Chairman Stewart shaking in his shoes.

    Corey, remember Massachusetts. Hint - you not playing the role of Scott Brown.

  54. Ken Reynolds said on 31 Jan 2010 at 1:16 pm:
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    Correct me if i am wrong, but the only good old boy/crony network in PWC is the group who insists on bashing current and recent past managaemnt. Many of us believe that Gerhart did an outstanding job as County Executive……moving the County from when we had about 200,000 to 400,000, two recesions, and an outstanding staff. The good old boy network here is blasting away at Peacor, not because of qualifications, but because she worked for Gerhart. I would love to see the mgt and professionalism of gerhart continue. And yes, there was the IT screw-up; and the sexual harassment - big deal - how many peopole work for the county -2,000? so what about sexual harassment. Peacor is very knowledgeable. IF she is overbearing then that might be a negative; but please dont take her out because of the whispers and allegations!!!

  55. Kevin C said on 1 Feb 2010 at 2:21 pm:
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    Ken Reynolds said on 31 Jan 2010 at 1:16 pm: “Correct me if i am wrong…”

    You’re WRONG!!!!!

  56. Ed Hoyer said on 1 Feb 2010 at 4:26 pm:
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    “the only good old boy/crony network in PWC is the group who insists on bashing current and recent past managaemn”

    oh, the irony. Criticism based on established fact and first-hand information is ‘bashing’? And Melissa/Craig are the outsiders?

    That is truly rich.

  57. Kevin C said on 2 Feb 2010 at 9:33 am:
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    Ken Reynolds said on 31 Jan 2010 at 1:16 pm: “so what about sexual harassment.”

    As I have said before, sometimes all you can say is, “WOW!!!”

  58. Kevin C said on 3 Feb 2010 at 6:11 am:
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    So much for REFORM, ETHICS and a NEW DIRECTION !!!

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