Why hasn't parks director Hutchinson ...

Why hasn't parks director Hutchinson been fired? Why?

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Gregory K

Charleston, WV

#1 Jan 8, 2014
Honest to God why hasn't Kanawha County Parks Director Jeff Hutchinson been fired already? Jesus Christ, between all the ethic violations in the past and the deal allowing his buddy Bowen to rape the land at Coonskin park and then pocker in excess of only God knows how much cash, and he still is getting a paycheck? What is wrong with our elected officials?

Come on somebody grow a set of balls! Somebody!

Fire the SOB TODAY!

Coonskin Park was literally destroyed on his watch and nobody seems to care! He is a total waste tax dollars!

Wait till election time and see how much I scream!

Blieve me I have a loud voice.

Charleston, WV

#2 Jan 9, 2014
I am not familiar with the issue, but it definitely sounds like it is worth the interest you've displayed. So, hats off to a fine post. Great to see this kind of enthusiasm in Charleston in particular, which is heavily known for cronyism comparable to Chicago and it's machine. If he's not doing the work right, get him out of there.

Philadelphia, PA

#3 Jan 9, 2014
Well, here's the "rest of the story". Other than a couple of VERY public blunders Jeff has done an amazing job, which of course you won't see in the papers because there is nothing sensational about a park director doing a good job.

He was brought in from Canaan, I think, to rescue the parks dept, which he has done on many levels. If you give Jeff a task he will get it done, I think the problem is sometimes he just doesn't think things through completely.

Bowen is not a buddy of Jeff's, it's someone who told Jeff he would get the job done ASAP and gave Jeff his work and shook hands on it. Jeff's fault was he was too trusting.

Make your own opinion on the subject but at least make it knowing all the facts, not just some of the negative side of things that the local newspapers have shoved down your throats!
Gregory K

Charleston, WV

#4 Jan 10, 2014
Dear Wat

First off where do I begin?

Jeff had to pay back $360.00 to the parks commission for shoes he received FREE from a vendor contract.

Jeff was fined $100.00 and told to "cease and desist from accepting any incenitive, including FREE merchandise, in exchange for placing a purchase order for a vendors merchandise.

Jeff had to agree to not use any parks commission vehicles for personal reasons, not to use parks resources for personal gain and not to accept any gifts of more than $25.00 without first checking with the ethics commision

Wait.....there's more

Jeff was accused of keeping a set of golf clubs sent to him by Cleveland Golf, a golf equipment vendor. He claimed they were sent to Coonskin Park for a youth program, but the park didn't even have a youth program at the time. He eventually sent the clubs back.

All this chaos and more and all was ever done was a REPRIMAND not a suspension or dismisal. Why?

Now comes a real seedy character named Russ Bowen and with a handshake and a nod is allowed to destroy the land and rip apart hundrds of beautiful healthy trees and then sell them for hundreds of thousands of dollars and no one even attempted to supervise the deal or even check the progress. it took a lady taking a nature walk to discover the horror

Now who among us really believes Jeff and that Russ Bowen were not in on it all the time?

No I cannot prove it, but In my heart I do believe it and Kent Carper and Dave Hardy are definitely going io hear about it when it comes time to vote!

So in essence Russ Bowen made possibly a 1/2 million dollars off the trees was not made to clean the mess up or anything of that nature and the man who shook his hand and gave a hardy wink is still employed.....

Jeff is a low budget con artist and his sidekick Russ Bowen is....I had better not say now, i'll wait till election time!

Jeff should have been fired in 2008 with the free shoes deal! I he had been then Coonskin partk would not have been destroyed as it was on his supposed watch!

Charleston, WV

#5 Jan 10, 2014
Who brought this "Jeff" guy in here from Canada? And why? Did we not have anyone qualaified to do the job as a park director on board in WV? Guess not. Who pays his wages? County Commissioners? Well, they are using "OUR" money to pay his wages.

Russ Bowen made about $100,000 on the sale of the timber - and believe me, that is a darn good price. He did not destroy "hundreds of acres" at Coonskin. But, seems like there are a lot of qusetions that are not being answered for the public such as I, but guess i don't travel in the right circles.

Let us all hope that this matter gets settled before it is forgotten by the tax paying citizens of this county.

Charleston, WV

#6 Jan 11, 2014
Another embarrassment to WV
Gregory K

Charleston, WV

#7 Jan 13, 2014
Someone needs to do like the man in watergate known as "DEEP THROAT" follow the money!

I wouldn't be one bit surprised if Kent Carper and Dave Hardy were involved with this scam along with jeff Hutchinson. No sir" I wouldn't be one bit surprised. Now I am not saying it is true, but by God, who among us wouldn't be shocked to see a couple of seedy politicians on the take with a corrupt individual such as Russell Bowen? Not me!

Follow the money!!!!!

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