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Peacor Will Get The Nod

By Greg L | 29 January 2010 | Prince William County | 44 Comments

UPDATE: Peacor does get selected as CXO.

From what I’m hearing, the next Chief Executive Officer of Prince William County is going to be Melissa Peacor.  That might be a terrible choice, and it might be a pretty good one.  While Peacor was certainly a central figure in Craig Gerhart’s inner cabal that made such a mess of things over the past few years and bears some degree of responsibility for what has happened, she apparently recognizes the problems and is determined to work with the Board of Supervisors to fix them.  With so little information available, it’s really hard to separate her as a prominent figure in past scandalous problems from what she supposedly is committed to doing in the future, making a lot of us who aren’t privy to the selection process rather surprised that after a nation-wide search for a CXO the best person we came up with was Gerhart’s second in command.

A huge problem here is the complete and utter opacity of the selection process, which makes it much more difficult to obtain reliable information about what is going on and who might really be the best candidate for the position.  We don’t know who the candidates are.  All discussions about the candidates are held within closed session, so all we get are rumors.  The only time we’ll find out what happened for real, and we probably won’t ever get the full story, is after the process is concluded.  It’s a little late then to find out we could have made a different, better choice.  It’s really late then to discover the process itself for recruiting and selecting candidates was flawed and we ended up with the wrong candidates.  With no transparency at all, other than what second and third-hand information bloggers are able to squeeze out from their sources, it is extremely difficult for constituents to place their trust in what is happening.

County Government has significant and troubling problems.  We’re in the process of prosecuting the former head of the Office of Information Technology for fraud, and after evaluating the budget of that department since his departure we discover seven million dollars in potential savings.  Folks have been warning the county for years that the budget for this department made no sense and something was likely going on, but nothing happened until criminal activity was detected.  There’s been troubling stories about personnel matters, county employees trying to thwart the decisions of the Board of Supervisors, misuse of county resources, and mismanagement by county employees.  While there are a lot of really good people in county government,  there’s a need for independent auditors to ferret out some bad players, and those auditors are being kept awfully busy.

Many have argued an outsider with fresh ideas and a different outlook on doing business would be the best choice for this position.  Some might believe that someone whose competence is already proven and who “knows where the bodies are buried” already would be in a better position to bring rapid reform where it’s needed.  That trade-off between in-house experience and outside independence largely misses the point, however, as neither of those attributes directly relate to the conditions that would improve our local government.  Within a few months those “outsiders” aren’t outsiders anymore, so it’s a fleeting quality of little long-term value in and of itself.

What is needed in a new CXO is an eagerness and dedication to look for new ways of doing business.  With an utterly horrible budget process well crafted to hide outright theft, should some functions of government be outsourced to produce savings and improve quality?  Can accountability be improved by having “secret shoppers” interact with the county’s service agencies to evaluate how employees are performing, rather than depend on the expensive survey of residents conducted each year that produces utterly meaningless data.  Maybe there’s even an idea or two out there that would keep Mike Lubely from prowling around the development services building to lobby county staff to help facilitate rezoning the rural crescent into high-density residential development projects.  A new CXO should have a wide variety of ideas that could be implemented to produce measurable and meaningful results, and the candidates from either the inside or outside should not only have them, but be able to implement them if the Board of Supervisors agrees to try them.

Unfortunately, the current process of selecting a new CXO tells us nothing about this, and the rumors I hear deal with little other than the “insider” vs. “outsider” issue and who talks the best game during these closed session meetings. It’s really difficult under these conditions to know whether the selection process itself is working here, or whether that process is evaluating and ranking the candidates in a way that will give us the best candidate for the job.

Whichever way you feel about hiring Melissa Peacor as CXO, there’s not a whole lot of time left to provide input to your elected officials so they’ll know how to best represent you. We don’t hire a CXO all that often, so it’s worth it to make sure we get this decision right the first time.



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44 Comments

  1. I'm mad as he** and I'm not going to take this anymore! said on 29 Jan 2010 at 12:44 pm:
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    Greg is correct that we don’t hire a new County Executive often but this time might be different. The voters are going to hire a new BOCS in November 2011 and I expect a tremendous amount of turnover. That new BOCS will have an opportunity in early 2012 to start doing the work of reform and building a County Government that serves all of the citizens that this BOCS has failed to do. That work will include conducting an open, fair process of finding a new County Executive to replace Peacor.

    Next Tuesday will be dark day in this County’s history. Not only does it appear likely that Peacor will get the nod as the new County Executive, but the BOCS is also poised to approve the Planning Office’s version of the Comprehensive Plan update. This is the version written by Steve Griffin, Ray Utz and Mike Lubeley. Corey has thrown out the version the Planning Commission prepared on behalf of Prince William County’s citizens and taxpayers. The Griffin/Utz/Lubeley version is worded so as to open up the entire County, including the Rural Crescent, to whatever havoc the developers and their allies seek to reek on us.

    647 days to go and counting until Election Day, November 8, 2011.

  2. Just the Facts said on 29 Jan 2010 at 12:57 pm:
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    So Peacor says she is aware of the problems she helped create, is sorry and will now help clean up the mess?

    Bernie Madoff wishes he could get that kind of treatment. If Bernie says he’s sorry and promises not to be naughty in the future, should we let him out jail and allow him to go back into the investments business?

  3. Kevin C said on 29 Jan 2010 at 2:12 pm:
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    IF Peacor is named, it should be seen as the FIRST step toward a FEDERAL INVESTIGATION of charges of DISCRIMINATION in Prince William County!!!!!

    I’d like to get an answer to “Knight’s” question: HOW many Personal Appeals Boards has PWC conducted in the past 10 years and of those PAB’s, how many County Employees have been reinstated (or exonerated) as a result.

    Anyone care to make a WAGER?

    I’m betting NONE!!!!!

    (As I look over at the “Worst candidate ever” poll, I think Peacor’s name should be on that list)

    (The ONLY reason I haven’t voted (yet) is because Paul F. (for FU**STER) Nichols name isn’t on the list)

  4. Just the Facts said on 29 Jan 2010 at 3:23 pm:
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    Kevin - file a Freedom of Information Act request for that. They can’t provide you with specifics or names of people in each case, but the aggregate data should be public information. I guarantee that the information has not already been released voluntarily by the County.

    Then, please either share the information with us or let us know that you are being sandbagged.

  5. benton said on 29 Jan 2010 at 6:27 pm:
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    Arguements can be made for either side as you say. I think, given the current revenue situation, continuity could tilt the scales. Over $100 million has been cut in the past couple few years, Ms. Peacor has managed that. She might be the best to follow through. Regarding her #2 spot with Gerhardt, as someone said, we all have a boss. She’s bright, familiar, and fiscally conservative. I say now is not the time for dramatic change at that level. Get a new CIO. Give her time. See how it goes. The Internal Audit group is just getting started. Controls are falling into place.

    I understand some have a personal axe to grind - but it’s just that, personal.

  6. Anonymous said on 29 Jan 2010 at 8:57 pm:
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    And with a cavilier dismissal, presto chango! The issues vanish? I mean who really cares about integrity or people skills anyway.

  7. Ed Hoyer said on 29 Jan 2010 at 9:18 pm:
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    “Over $100 million has been cut in the past couple few years, Ms. Peacor has managed that.”

    So what? Department staff perform the analysis, propose the cuts, make the sacrifices, and tell colleagues that their jobs are being eliminated.

    “we all have a boss”

    Yes, and some of us are lucky enough to have worked for intelligent, ethical people whom we respect. The notion that people dislike Melissa simply because she’s the ‘boss’ is ludicrous.

    Look, let’s be blunt here. Melissa and Craig were told for many, many years and from many different quarters that there were problems within OIT, up to and including suspicions of Maneesh’s thievery. All complaints were dismissed because Maneesh was protected. This is not conjecture. This is fact.

    Melissa is an intelligent woman and she knows the budget cold. Will the County continue to function if she’s CXO? Sure.

    But at what cost?

  8. Kevin C said on 29 Jan 2010 at 10:02 pm:
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    Just the Facts said on 29 Jan 2010 at 3:23 pm: “Kevin - file a Freedom of Information Act request for that.”

    Thanks, I’ll give it a try.

    A while back, I looked up FOI and thought I saw that under certain circumstances, government entity’s are permitted to declare immunity?

    Point being, I’m SURE I’ll be sandbagged.

    Just like the time (EVERY TIME) I asked Cliel Fitzwater for a copy of the investigation concerning my “alleged” FIVE counts of violating PWC Policy.

    He had a SONG and DANCE ready whenever I asked!

    So, everyone involved in the “incident” was FORBIDDEN to talk to me by the Director of Public Works (who gave me the Written Reprimand with the five PHONY charges) via the Division Chief, eliminating any chance of mounting any kind of defense.

    Again, the ONE-TWO punch was being DENIED a copy of (GET WHITEY!) EEO Officer Patra Wright’s “investigation.”

    I SWEAR, I started showing up at her office just to watch her SQUIRM every time I asked her for a copy!

    She ALWAYS called Fitzwater in to bail her out.

    In any event, it’s time to LOWER the BOOM on everyone involved with covering up the DISCRIMINATION that has taken place, and IS taking place, in PWC Government Offices, STARTING with Peacor!

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    benton said (on another thread) 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?

    So benton, you’re sounding ALL GROWN UP all of a sudden?

    It’s a TOO BAD you don’t know what you’re talking about!

    Wouldn’t you rather be watching TMZ?

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    Anonymous said (in response to benton’s post) on 29 Jan 2010 at 8:57 pm: “And with a cavalier dismissal, presto chango! The issues vanish? I mean who really cares about integrity or people skills anyway.”

    That’s the way it’s ALWAYS been in PWC and unless people STAND UP and DO SOMETHING, that’s the way it will ALWAYS BE!!!

    I STILL think Peacor’s got “something” on Board members or possibly, the entire Board?

    This makes absolutely NO sense!!!

  9. Just observin' said on 29 Jan 2010 at 10:03 pm:
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    Well, if she does get it, and given the bad blood between her and Principi, Melissa is going to have a long row to hoe.

  10. not peacor fan said on 30 Jan 2010 at 1:21 am:
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    I cannot believe that this BOCS would hire Peacor. Why would Stewart allow this to happen on his watch? He is not truly interesting in doing the heavy lifting to hire a real county executive that is ready to take PWC to the next level. Peacor is in the middle each and every scandal that has ever happened. The PWC Auditor is currently investigating numerous separate scandals and over 41 criminal counts indictment occurred under Peacors watch. Very disappointed in Stewart’s lack of leadership. How could his staff not work with the search committee to find another qualified executive? She should be fired and given a one way ticket out of PWC. She is a disgrace and possibly ethically challenged. It will be a black eye on PWC for years to come if they don’t reverse course.

  11. Anonymous said on 30 Jan 2010 at 9:06 am:
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    “That might be a terrible choice, and it might be a pretty good one.”

    Sounds like a little bit of backpedaling. What, can’t accept that Corey has done another one of his flip-flops? How does it feel to have him stab you in the back after having supported him, done lit drops, etc.? If its any comfort you can now consider yourself part of the majority.

  12. Patty said on 30 Jan 2010 at 9:33 am:
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    Suppose those outside of the county decided that they didn’t want the job. Then what?

    After reading Bob Pugh’s guest post, my question is - why didn’t Bob apply for the job?

  13. Anonymous said on 30 Jan 2010 at 9:50 am:
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    They took the east route… ’tis a pity.

  14. benton said on 30 Jan 2010 at 11:34 am:
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    Where on earth do these ‘facts’ - The PWC Auditor is currently investigating numerous separate scandals and over 41 criminal counts indictment occurred under Peacors watch - come from?? Do you believe yourself when you write that stuff??!!!

    Patty - clearly there are many ‘qualified candidates’ here on this blog. Maybe they didn’t make the cut.

  15. not peacor fan said on 30 Jan 2010 at 1:41 pm:
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    Benton- Where do you have your head buried–I suspect they are not near reality.

  16. Kevin C said on 30 Jan 2010 at 2:33 pm:
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    not peacor fan said on 30 Jan 2010 at 1:41 pm: “Benton- Where do you have your head buried…”

    Like all FIFTEEN YEAR OLDS, benton thinks he/she is the only one in the world who knows ANYTHING?

    Hey benton, you’re going to MISS OUT on Jonas Brothers tickets if you don’t hurry over to the KIDDIE BLOG!!!

  17. Kevin C said on 30 Jan 2010 at 3:02 pm:
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    not peacor fan said on 30 Jan 2010 at 1:21 am: “The PWC Auditor is currently investigating numerous separate scandals and over 41 criminal counts indictment occurred under Peacors watch.”

    Speaking of the auditor, I HOPE it’s not KPMG.

    They have a tendency to find results FAVORING whoever is PAYING for the audit!

  18. Ed Hoyer said on 30 Jan 2010 at 3:50 pm:
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    “Where on earth do these ‘facts’ - The PWC Auditor is currently investigating numerous separate scandals and over 41 criminal counts indictment occurred under Peacors watch - come from??”

    Are you joking?

    Do you know how many separate charges have been filed against Maneesh Gupta and John Roessler (former PWC employees)? Vernon Roessler and Rich Billingsley (former PWC contractors)?

    Billingsley - 3
    V. Roessler - 14
    J. Roessler - 16
    Gupta - 15

    Where I went to school, that adds up to 48 counts.

    Follow this link to verify - http://wasdmz2.courts.state.va.us/CJISWeb/MainMenu.do

    As to the auditor - who reports directly to the Board, whereas on Craig’s watch the position reported to Craig (convenient, huh?) - he and his staff are the ones who found the $7M hidden in OIT’s coffers.

  19. benton said on 30 Jan 2010 at 6:29 pm:
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    I mis-read - actually I think the counts were in the hundreds - not sure what has been plea bargained down. 41 wasn’t familiar. Maybe those are the county violations not including state and federal charges

    It was a ticked off whistleblower who was involved in a relationship that went sour and was laid off that pulled the plug. True, the talented Finance/Audit Staff built the case.

    Gerhardt was CXO not Peacor. Gerhardt was the boss. Under Gerhardt are TWO Deputies - not one.

  20. no name please said on 30 Jan 2010 at 7:10 pm:
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    Ask any non-manager in public works, planning, transportation, and development services and you will hear that upper management is incompetent, rude, wastes tax money on nonsense such as gps units for some, but not all, county cars so that they can spend time in front of the computer spying on the very staff they hate, forced staff to spend a lot of their staff time on a BUILD program that went no where just like the DRIVE evaluation system.

    These are facts that need to be looked into, but with Peacor and the so not qualified 4 department heads currently in charge of these departments (questionable degrees, no technical or people skills, wimps) who knew/okayed most of this nonsense we as employees have little let to do other to let it all hang out here where we are safe and free from retaliation.

    Thanks, I feel better now.

  21. Kevin C said on 30 Jan 2010 at 7:17 pm:
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    benton said on 30 Jan 2010 at 6:29 pm: “I mis-read…”

    benton, you SHOULD have said, “Pardon me, I had my HEAD up my BUTT!!!!”

    Looks as though ‘not peacor fan’ had it right, ALL ALONG!!!

    Like I said, you DON’T know what you’re talking about!!!!!

  22. benton said on 30 Jan 2010 at 7:38 pm:
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    In the past decade and a half, PWC has moved from a rural to suburban to urban environment. I agree that county government continues to have holdovers from the rural stage and change is necessary. Considering the pending turnover in various agencies - simply due to age - and the current state of the revunue shortfall I think some continuity is good.

    My observation here is that a citizen is being villified for reasons mostly of a personal nature (grievance hearings for non-performance or poor performance) and being blamed for the actions or non actions of their former boss. That just doesn’t seem fair.

  23. benton said on 30 Jan 2010 at 7:42 pm:
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    No Name Please - Peacor has not overseen those five agencies - until now.

  24. PWCOvertaxed said on 30 Jan 2010 at 9:08 pm:
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    I am glad SOMEONE has brought up Peacor’s two year long, 2 million dollar DRIVE iniative that she shoved down County staff..and…drum roll please…TOTALLY FAILED and is NO LONGER being used after 4 months of trying to make it work!!! That was her baby and it wasted tons of money…good job Corey, way to promote incompetence. Loudoun County does a nation wide search and they hire quality from out of state…what do we do? Hire a bumbling talking head who was already here. Why did we waste the money and time of a fake “nation wide search” if we just hired the number 2 person? Incompetence…

  25. not peacor fan said on 30 Jan 2010 at 9:45 pm:
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    I believe that 7 counts were already dismissed or combined making it 41 counts. If I am wrong, I stand corrected. However, 41 vs. 48 don’t change the facts that this terrible chain of events happened under Peacor watch. It is nice that Peacor takes credit for everything that went right under Gerhart’s reign but conveniently doesn’t have anything to do with those actions or criminal acts that occurred at the same time. The captain and his XO take responsibility for all activity on their ship (even if they were not on duty at the time). As Ricardo used to say “Lucy you have some explaining to do” but in this case it seems that Peacor has a lot of explaining to do. She should not get the position until she has explained everything fully and stop hiding behind confidential doors and procedures.

    Benton- Peacor was the Deputy and therefore was second in charge of those departments. The department heads often reported to Peacor then to Gerhart. She cannot claim that she is merely a private citizen being vilified here as you wrote. She is applying for a public profile position of trust and that requires public scrutiny. If she can take the heat then get out of the kitchen.

    This bad decision is not only bad for possible hiring Peacor due to her errors in the past but also for Stewart allowing it to happen. Even if the votes are not there to block her hiring he should still fight against it. He certainly has led the fight many times before why not this time? I can only assume that he is leading the charge to hire Peacor because he doesn’t want to or can’t find another candidate. Both are flimsy excuses. I think the voters might hold a few accountable for this very very bad decision.

  26. Kevin C said on 31 Jan 2010 at 1:00 pm:
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    benton said on 30 Jan 2010 at 6:29 pm: “I mis-read…41 wasn’t familiar.”

    benton said on 30 Jan 2010 at 7:42 pm: “Peacor has not overseen those five agencies - until now.”

    Am I the only one thinking, this FOOL has convinced himself that just because HE doesn’t believe something, it isn’t true?

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    benton: “41 wasn’t familiar.”

    benton: “Peacor has not overseen those five agencies…”

    WRONG on BOTH counts!!!

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    benton: “I mis-read…”

    Really benton, it’s MUCH easier to READ when your HEAD isn’t in such a VERY dark place!

    And if you could get your LIPS off Peacor’s BUTT, maybe you wouldn’t MIS-speak so much?

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    You’ve GOT to be either related to Peacor or working for her?

    If you WORK for her, do you think what on Monday, when you show her how you’re DEFENDING her, she’ll give you a nice little PAT on the HEAD?

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    You SHOULD change your screen name to: OPEN MOUTH, CHANGE FOOT!!!

  27. benton said on 31 Jan 2010 at 3:23 pm:
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    No, I’m your ex-wife. :)

  28. Kevin C said on 31 Jan 2010 at 9:26 pm:
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    benton said on 31 Jan 2010 at 3:23 pm: “No, I’m your ex-wife.”

    Once again, proving she is COMPLETELY and TOTALLY out of touch with REALITY, it’s BENTON!!!!

  29. BristowBristling said on 1 Feb 2010 at 9:37 am:
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    Kevin C
    Being a former County employee, I can understand some of your frustrations but have to say that Barking at Benton is not furthering your cause. It is actually causing me to wonder if your agenda is just to Bash the County and anyone who offers an opposing opinion. Giving good, solid information and passing on data is great. Even correcting misinformation is great. It is informative and gives us all something to think about and even query our Board members on. I thank you for your insights and information but am being turned off on your negative remarks on individuals who post here.

    I agree with all those who have spoken out about Peacor being a poor choice. She does not represent PWC well internally with her county employee interaction. DRIVE (and other programs she was intimately involved with ) have been costly disasters. Her public appearances are also not what I would consider to be what PWC would like to project.

  30. Bob Pugh said on 1 Feb 2010 at 12:25 pm:
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    Patty, thank you for your kind words but I don’t begrudge anyone who didn’t ask me to apply for the job. The ideal candidate is someone who has experience serving as Assistant County Executive in a jurisdiction larger than PWC or as County Executive in a somewhat smaller jurisdiction. I don’t have such experience.

    In addition to bringing that experience, the new County Executive should also be someone who would bring fresh perspectives and have no counterproductive relationships with current senior staff and special interests. The person should offer a reputation of strong ethics, serving all members of their community in a fair, unbiased manner, and an ability to work well with all others in their organization.

    At least as concerning as the likely choice the BOCS might make on the new County Executive is the Comprehensive Plan update they will consider. The version coming before the BOCS tomorrow is written by and for development interests. Planning Commission Chair Gary Friedman has been advocating his Commission’s version. I hope sincerely the BOCS will defer consideration of the update so the Planning Commission version can come forward for consideration. The version being considered tomorrow will open up the entire County, including the Rural Crescent, to whatever developers want to do.

    If you consider taxes, and congestion on the roads and in the schools bad now, you have no idea what will be coming your way in the near future if the BOCS approves the version of the Comprehensive Plan update coming before it tomorrow.

    Because of a long-planned professional commitment I will not be able to speak at Citizens Time tomorrow as I did on Avendale, but hope that everyone who is available will come and let the BOCS know their views on our County’s senior leadership, and future development.

  31. Anonymous said on 1 Feb 2010 at 12:38 pm:
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    You should know the motto of Prince William County by now. You can search the world but there is nothing like a good ol’ boy (or in this case good ol’ girl) to run Prince William County.

  32. Kevin C said on 1 Feb 2010 at 2:07 pm:
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    BristowBristling said on 1 Feb 2010 at 9:37 am: “Kevin C
    Being a former County employee, I can understand some of your frustrations but have to say that Barking at Benton is not furthering your cause.”

    BB, it takes TWO to TANGO !!!!

    Case in point: benton said on 31 Jan 2010 at 3:23 pm: “No, I’m your ex-wife.”

    AND

    In case you missed THIS, directed at ME, from another thread:

    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?”

    So, BB, get ALL your facts straight before GETTING ON ME!!!!!

    All I’m doing is RETURNING the sentiment!!!!

    As far as BASHING the county, at least I’m HONEST enough to admit, yes, IT’S PERSONAL!!!!!

    And FINALLY: BristowBristling said on 1 Feb 2010 at 9:37 am: “I thank you for your insights and information but am being turned off on your negative remarks on individuals who post here.”

    You’re even MORE confused if you think I’m here to TURN YOU
    ON???!!!???!!!

  33. benton said on 1 Feb 2010 at 7:56 pm:
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    BristowB- other than personal attacks for apparent poor performance/non performance there doesn’t seem to be much here except the fact that she worked for Gerhardt. There were, I believe, TWO Deputies under Gerhardt. In the fiscal document it shows Peacor over HR/Budget/Training and other smaller agencies. From what I can see OIT reported directly to Gerhardt. (My experience in private industry provides me with the knowledge that such things occur on a regular basis, however, it’s too expensive to prosecute so like vultures those people move from one organization to another - that only adds to the causitive factors that permitted this to happen.)

    I’ve seen her at BOCS meetings, certainly her “intellectual acumen” is clearly apparent, that was also challenged at some point. She appears to be a straight shooter, disagreeing with Supervisors with facts. Personality seems to be the main issue here - not to pull the female card - but we aren’t dealing with “women are aggressive while men are assertive - men can be ambitious but women are pushy” are we? Perhaps not. We will see.

    However, we are in total agreement regarding the comprehensive plan. This is a county that relies on a volunteer fire department! I’d say there is some catching up to do from the BOCS from the 80’s 90’s - it was a horrible watching that unfold, as if no one on the dias could see beyond the next week. But that was all BOCS not staff. PWC has a lot to do to overcome that mess and the comprehensive plan is key to the future.

  34. BristowBristling said on 2 Feb 2010 at 8:28 am:
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    From Benton
    “Personality seems to be the main issue here - not to pull the female card - but we aren’t dealing with “women are aggressive while men are assertive - men can be ambitious but women are pushy” are we? Perhaps not. We will see. ”

    Having personally worked with Ms. Peacor on County projects and issues in the past, I don’t believe the “female card” is the issue. Unfortunately it is, from my perspective, the old adage of - my way or the highway. She has the tendency to push forward on projects based on what she wants oftentimes not “looking outside the box” or really listening to others whose expertise may exceed her own. There are many occasions when she has forced staff to complete projects that were known to be failures by those who would be affected by them.. DRIVE is an example.

    Melissa is an intelligent woman and I do not take that away from her.
    It is how she uses that intelligence behind the scenes that I do question.

    I have no personal grudge against Melissa and no personal grudge against PWC as a whole. Just stating it as I experienced it.

    I still maintain that we need a fresh perspective coming in as County Executive. Someone who embraces our Vision and yet can find and remedy our weaknesses.

  35. PWCOvertaxed said on 2 Feb 2010 at 4:15 pm:
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    It is done….

    http://www.pwcgov.org/default.aspx?topic=040086003880005897

  36. anon said on 2 Feb 2010 at 8:58 pm:
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    It took them 6 frickin’ months to figure this out?

    What a bunch of buffoons.

  37. Ed Hoyer said on 2 Feb 2010 at 10:03 pm:
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    And there you have it.

    I wish her success. County government is going to need it. I predict a wave of retirements.

  38. Bite Me said on 2 Feb 2010 at 10:16 pm:
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    you gotta love the clowns in charge of this county. Wake up people and reclaim your government.

  39. not peacor fan said on 2 Feb 2010 at 10:29 pm:
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    BIG BIG MISTAKE FOR STEWART–REALLY REALLY DUMB MOVE. Guess Stewart and Peacor can work together for many years to come. Neither seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Career ending move for both.

  40. Kevin C said on 3 Feb 2010 at 12:40 am:
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    Bite Me said on 2 Feb 2010 at 10:16 pm: “you gotta love the clowns in charge of this county.”

    Funny you should mention CLOWNS.

    When I worked for this county, I used to joke around with one of the assistant superintendents.

    One day I told him that working “here” was a CHILDHOOD DREAM come true!

    He didn’t know what I meant so I explained that, “When I was little, I used to dream about running away with the CIRCUS and that there were SO MANY FREAKIN’ CLOWNS around here that it felt like a childhood dream come true!”

  41. Kevin C said on 3 Feb 2010 at 12:52 am:
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    Peacor said “I promise to serve the Board and the community to the best of my ability, to work through this organization as we improve our transparency and accountability…”

    That’s GREAT!!!

    Let’s start out with a GREAT BIG LIE!!!!!

    All who have posted here, against this ATROCITY, should DEMAND and NOT GIVE UP until we receive a FEDERAL INVESTIGATION into discriminatory practices in the Prince William County Government under Peacor’s “watchful” eye!!! (Starting with Wally Jabs being FIRED by Peacor because he DID HIS JOB according to County Policy!!!!!)

    At the VERY LEAST, Stewart and company have proven that the LAZINESS and INCOMPETENCE starts at the TOP !!!!

  42. Kevin C said on 3 Feb 2010 at 6:16 am:
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    not peacor fan said on 2 Feb 2010 at 10:29 pm: “Guess Stewart and Peacor can work together…”

    I STILL say that there is SOMETHING Peacor knows about all the DIRTY DEALINGS in this county and THAT is that she used as leverage to get this job!!!!!

    There should be a FEDERAL investigation!!!!!

  43. Dr. Emmett Brown said on 3 Feb 2010 at 10:54 am:
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    Votes For Peacor:

    Stewart, Covington, Jenkins, May, Nohe, Principi

    Votes For Someone Else:

    Caddigan, Stirrup

  44. not peacor fan said on 3 Feb 2010 at 11:11 pm:
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    STIRRUP FOR CHAIR 2011– Enough is enough!!

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