Big Stone Gap town manager, Pat Murphy

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Since: Aug 10

Roanoke, VA

#1 Aug 14, 2010
for the love of god fellow citizens pay attention to what is goin on in our small town. we have resorted back to the good old boys club because the town manager pat murphy is drinking buddies with two of the town's council members. pat urphy wants to control every aspect of the towns government, he is on a massive power trip. he is the only town manager that knows it all...from where to lay water lines, whats best for the parks, and in case u didnt know apparently he has a law degree as well. pat murphy uses profain language torward citizens and WILL NOT return your phone call if he doesnt want to....funny i thought his job was the opposite. i actually thought he was supposed to look out for the interests of the town but apparently he does what he wants....his drinking buddies on council dont say anything. each department has a department head that is responsible for their respective budget (check your local paper around july 1)and in every other city and town the department head are allowed to make purchases out of their budget! well not on murphys watch, he will tell them that they can only spend so much and actually deny purchases if he dont think they are needed...even though he dont have a clue how to manage every department...which means that needed items arent bought. guess he gets a raise based on money saved. FYI you can stop by the town hall and ask to see his pay rate, its public knowledge...take note his first year salary and then look at the bonus he got in his second year. when u do this be prepared to get upset because the town has to raise taxes and not give employees cost of living increases because the town is suffering....until u see his salary. back to your tax and water bill increases, pat murphy recently bought (without councils permission) the town clerk a new suzuki s.u.v. and bought parks and recreation a new dodge s.u.v. and did council question it? no they did not pat murphy answers to no one...town clerk actually had a car that was paid for at her disposal and parks department is in need of new vehicles but how many lawnmowers and weedeaters can you haul in a sub-compact s.u.v......yeah i woulda bought trucks. pat murphy also fired police chief davey horner......horner was off due to injuries sustained in the line of duty, upon trying to return to work he recieved a telephone call from pat murphy telling horner his position was not available. i cant believe that the town council continues to back the poor decisions that pat murphy makes. bottom line is.....it is OUR tax dollars going to waste, i dont think the last town manager was making what murphy is making and polly had been there forever. im not here to bash anyone, i just think the citizens should be aware of pat murphys neglect for the best interests of the town, our home. do your own research....what did pat murphy do before he got this job? he was unemployed.....you check into why he resigned or got fired (either way). it is up to us as citizens to make sure that the town manager answers to us...the people. dont get satisfaction from your council person...contact your congressman. a person has to have the skills, knowledge, and experience to do a job. would you want your children being taught in school by an eighth grad drop out????? if enough of us start paying attention to day to day going ons in the town, attend council meetings, and take our problems to the town manager for a resolution....we will all see how poorly pat murphy does his job and as a community we will have him replaced with a qualified applicant.
Billy Banks Hater

United States

#2 Aug 15, 2010
Dude, you just "ramble" on with things that you have not been able to prove. If you could prove your accusations, then you would have posted the proof, too. One ot the jobs of the town manager is to oversee the day-to-day operations of the town and to ensure that the department heads are utilizing the money wisely and not haphazardly. The authority to purchaze new vehicles comes from the town council, not Murphy. The hiring/firing of the chief of police in left to the town council, not Murphy, So, if Murphy told him he no longer had a job, then you can bet the town council directed him to do so.

Also, who's business is it who Murphy's drinking buddies are? Certainly not yours, unless, of course, you are jealous because you weren't invited. Or is that some kind of "jab" to try to get everyone to think that he is unfit for his job because of drinking?

As far as his salary goes, the council approves all salaries, including bonuses, so, if you think that is unfair, then bring it up to them instead of whining about it.

Actually, all I see with your comment is that you apparently didn't get what you wanted out of Murphy, so you decide to try and drag him though the mud. SO PITIFUL!!
oldandgray

Madison, TN

#3 Aug 15, 2010
just a few comments,one everything said in the previous post is true.Pat was fired/resigned for sexual harassment.he has told Davey Horner he was let go due to his injuries.Have you ever wondered why you never see him and his family in church? I have been told that he is a atheiest!Does this mean he is a bad person? I will let the citizens of the gap decide.He lays drunk all weekend sitting on his Engineering degree and figuring ways out how to screw with town employees.
Ronnie Mohn was a saint compared to this man,and everyone knows what kind of person he was.We should have a open forum here from citezens, council persons and employees of the town only or others that know pat personaly.I have also heard that they are going to make Steve Hamm the next cheif of police there,i guess that Brad Gibson and Mark Jones and others with 20 yrs of service will have to answer to a guy with less than 10 yrs of law enforcement experiance.What is that a former friend of mine said, 5 min of sucking will get you more than 20 yrs of seniority.yeah i am a cop now figure who iam pat,because i know you suck as a person and as a boss so worship all that is important to you SATAN!
tequilla

Christiansburg, VA

#4 Aug 15, 2010
Does the person with less years experience hold a degree? Why didn't the others apply for the bossing job?
oldandgray

Madison, TN

#5 Aug 15, 2010
No,there are no degrees.Its easier to get someone to agree with you if you dont know any better.As a old gray guy I hope whoever is hired knows what is right and wrong.Ijust hope that the job is opened up for all that are qualified and not based on how much ass kissing you do.
wakeupbsg

Christiansburg, VA

#6 Aug 15, 2010
Billy Banks Hater wrote:
Dude, you just "ramble" on with things that you have not been able to prove. If you could prove your accusations, then you would have posted the proof, too. One ot the jobs of the town manager is to oversee the day-to-day operations of the town and to ensure that the department heads are utilizing the money wisely and not haphazardly. The authority to purchaze new vehicles comes from the town council, not Murphy. The hiring/firing of the chief of police in left to the town council, not Murphy, So, if Murphy told him he no longer had a job, then you can bet the town council directed him to do so.
Also, who's business is it who Murphy's drinking buddies are? Certainly not yours, unless, of course, you are jealous because you weren't invited. Or is that some kind of "jab" to try to get everyone to think that he is unfit for his job because of drinking?
As far as his salary goes, the council approves all salaries, including bonuses, so, if you think that is unfair, then bring it up to them instead of whining about it.
Actually, all I see with your comment is that you apparently didn't get what you wanted out of Murphy, so you decide to try and drag him though the mud. SO PITIFUL!!
hahaha the town coucil soesnt appoint the chief of police in this town, he is hired. know what ur talking about before you speak.
long time resident

Franklin, TN

#7 Aug 15, 2010
I'VE LIVED HERE ALL MY LIFE AND THE ONE THING I
KNOW IS TRUE, ASS KISSING CAN GET YOU MANY THINGS,
UNTILL SOMEONE ELSE COMES ALONG AND KISSES LONGER
THAN U!
The truth

Hendersonville, TN

#8 Aug 15, 2010
First and foremost - Brad Gibson deserves Horner's job more than anyone else in that department. Mark Jones is a good man but I believe he's doing Big Stone Gap the greatest service he can by running investigations. He's good at it and I truly believe he makes a difference in that role. I don't even know if Steve Hamm will make a good or bad chief. It's hard to say as I don't think he's ever been in that kind of position of power.

Either way... they could hire Smokey in Parks and Recreation to be Chief of Police and he'd do ten times better than Horner ever considered doing. Chief Mohn wasn't perfect but at least he had some balls.

Since: Aug 10

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#10 Aug 16, 2010
The truth wrote:
First and foremost - Brad Gibson deserves Horner's job more than anyone else in that department. Mark Jones is a good man but I believe he's doing Big Stone Gap the greatest service he can by running investigations. He's good at it and I truly believe he makes a difference in that role. I don't even know if Steve Hamm will make a good or bad chief. It's hard to say as I don't think he's ever been in that kind of position of power.
Either way... they could hire Smokey in Parks and Recreation to be Chief of Police and he'd do ten times better than Horner ever considered doing. Chief Mohn wasn't perfect but at least he had some balls.
Brad Gibson as Big Stone Gap Police Chief. You can't even say it or type without laughing. You need someone that has alot more years of experience. Brad quit the police department some years ago. He wrote a nasty letter of resignation to the town council. Then just a few months later his kin folk Chief Mohn rehired him. You need someone with some common sense. Someone like Davey Horner. Davey is what the PD needs right now. If your going to pull for Brad, then I'm pulling for Smokey for chief of BSGPD.
Does It Really Matter

Lexington, KY

#11 Aug 16, 2010
Hell, I say we just let Box Barker (If you're really from BSG you'll know this guy) be Town Manager, Oscar the Grouch be Mayor, the ghost of the Stonega Stallion be Police Chief, and some random 3rd grader be Fire Chief...All the problems would be solved then!
Listen, if you wanted Looney Tunes to have control over BSG, then maybe you should've run for council,'wakeupbsg' and 'oldandgray'. Judging by the locations from which you posted the previous comments (Yes, they're listed under your names...gotcha!), neither of you are tax-paying citizens that reside in BSG's limits...guess you can't run for council! There went the Easter Bunny's dreams of becoming Parks & Rec Director.
Here's my suggestion: 1.) Learn correct grammar so you can make complete sentences. 2.) Go to a council meeting and express your concerns and/or call the Town Manager and express your concerns... Any normal resident of BSG would probably do the same. 3.) Go to Town Hall and request to see whatever information you like... They keep it ALL on record for the public to read. You just have to ask! Its not a conspiracy!
Hope this helped.
Kris Kessler

Orlando, FL

#12 Aug 16, 2010
To whom it may concern:

If you are going to try and belittle and harass somebody of higher intelligence, please do so using spell check. Make sure your sources are not hear say sources. Furthermore, if you decide to vent on the Internet, go to sleep knowing you are weak. Business is handled with facts and in person. The town is in good hands-jump on board. Should you have a problem in Big Stone Gap, Va. in the future, be bold enough to show your face and discuss.
show your face

La Vergne, TN

#13 Aug 16, 2010
Kris Kessler wrote:
To whom it may concern:
If you are going to try and belittle and harass somebody of higher intelligence, please do so using spell check. Make sure your sources are not hear say sources. Furthermore, if you decide to vent on the Internet, go to sleep knowing you are weak. Business is handled with facts and in person. The town is in good hands-jump on board. Should you have a problem in Big Stone Gap, Va. in the future, be bold enough to show your face and discuss.
Never heard of your name. Sounds like a made up name and I'm sure you live in Florida. I know if you live all that way, you really give a hoot what goes on in this town. I think your hiding. Sounds like some toes got stepped on.
RITFLMAO

Santa Clara, CA

#14 Aug 16, 2010
"Learn to spell", "Use correct grammer". How intimidating that is. Good way to REALLY get them for disagreeing with you, point out their misspellings and scold them for their grammer not being in accordance to the MLA Handbook. While you're at it, give them the dim light bulb, the red X and the spam symbol. That will teach them. Maybe that has the same effectiveness as a cat's hiss? BACK OFF!
Funny, I've noticed that on this board, usually the proofreader makes just as many typos, misspellings and grammatical errors as the person they are criticizing.
Proofreader

Blacksburg, VA

#15 Aug 16, 2010
RITFLMAO wrote:
"Learn to spell", "Use correct grammer". How intimidating that is. Good way to REALLY get them for disagreeing with you, point out their misspellings and scold them for their grammer not being in accordance to the MLA Handbook. While you're at it, give them the dim light bulb, the red X and the spam symbol. That will teach them. Maybe that has the same effectiveness as a cat's hiss? BACK OFF!
Funny, I've noticed that on this board, usually the proofreader makes just as many typos, misspellings and grammatical errors as the person they are criticizing.
Your mockery is really not welcome here. One more incident like this and you are going to the principal's office.
whatever

Murfreesboro, TN

#16 Aug 16, 2010
Proofreader wrote:
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Your mockery is really not welcome here. One more incident like this and you are going to the principal's office.
dude, your fckin' stupid :) ha the principal's office? lame!!!!!!!! oh and by the way, i'm from big stone gap but it don't say it under my name. k, thanks.. I'M PRETTY SURE I USED BAD GRAMMAR AND WRONG PUNCTUATION MARKS!!! oh yay look at me my grammar is wrong.. wooptie dooo! seriously who wants to take the time to capitalize every letter in the beginning of ever sentence and all that jazz. just takes more time to do.
I'm going to be the perfect person and make sure all my grammar is right. I may be getting graded on posting comments on a website.
Proofreader, you get a big pretty F for today's grade. take that home and show that to your momma. i bet she'd be so disappointed in you since your always SO perfect with your grammar. i bet you were a straight A student in school who was a computer geek.
bobby mcgee

Canada

#17 Aug 16, 2010
Smokey for town manager. Todd hill police chief
whatever

Murfreesboro, TN

#18 Aug 16, 2010
bobby mcgee wrote:
Smokey for town manager. Todd hill police chief
i agree for todd hill... he's been there for a long time, was even on the rescue squad for a bit.. drives all the way from tennessee over to here to serve for our community, and all around good guy. never have heard one person say anything bad about this man. so i go for todd hill police chief.
you heard right

Hendersonville, TN

#19 Aug 16, 2010
It's a damn shame the tornado didn't make a left hand turn and tear through town hall.
JustWondering

Roanoke, VA

#20 Aug 17, 2010
"Judging by the locations from which you posted the previous comments (Yes, they're listed under your names...gotcha!),"

Does It Really Matter:

The locations listed beside of the posts are the last hop on the web that topix.com 's traceroute could resolve to. It's not the actual location the post was made from.
Whatever

Colonial Heights, VA

#21 Aug 17, 2010
What does it matter if Pat Murphy is an atheist or not? How does that impact his job performance? Also if he drinks or not as long as he doesn't do it on the job?
Someone commented that he laid on his engineering degree? Hey at least he has a degree and an impressive one at that!
Too bad BSG doesn't still have Chuck Miller in office.Yeah,he was a REAL upstanding guy! Didn't his daughter,the Dietz lady mess around with old man Tuck and then embezzle THOUSANDS of dollars from Tuck Engineering? Whatever became of that???NOTHING!!

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