As a writer, Clayton county news offers plenty of material to cover. But as a resident, that same material is sometimes hard to watch unfold.
Three members of our Board of Commissioners (Gail Hambrick, Sonna Singleton and Vice Chairman Wole Ralph) have been publicly at odds with Tax Commissioner Terry Baskin since early July, when a resolution passed to have his county vehicles taken away due to budget cuts. After missing the deadline to return the vehicles, Baskin was charged with obstruction, which police said was a misdemeanor.
With no authority to oust Baskin, they have asked the governor to remove him from office for not turning over county tax receipts. With Perdue on the way out of office, it will be interesting to see how quickly he reacts (or not).
According to news reports, Baskin believes all of this is in retaliation for supporting the political aspirations of Ralph’s ex-wife, Shegale Crute (who lost to Singleton), in the recent primary election. Not to be outdone, the tax commissioner’s attorney then asked our district attorney to investigate “certain” BOC members’ actions against his client.
It has been stated here that these three board members are basically running the county since, together, they enjoy a majority vote. But when all is said and done, these are the people we elected to represent our interests (Baskin included) — and they still have plenty of time left in office to do their thing. So all we can do now is hope and pray that decisions made will bring positive results to Clayton County’s future and its residents.
If not, take notes and remember same come election time.
Let’s hope none of this will interefere with the day-to-day operations of running the county, because this can’t be the entire story — or the end of it. But based on what is known, should Baskin be removed from office? Should the district attorney investigate the BOC’s recent decisions against him? On both questions, why or why not?