Ethics in government?Ok, let the truth be known.
Let attorney Cook speak.
The cover up is no more.
New Allegations Surface Against Thompson During Ethics Meeting
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
by Jim Miller
Greene County Clerk David Thompson has admitted in a position paper filed to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that he had a relationship with three employees in his office, according to a statement from an attorney investigating allegations of impropriety by Thompson.
County attorney pro tem Suzanne Cook also reported on allegations of improper use of funds and the creation of fraudulent timesheets on behalf of the employees in exchange for sexual favors during a called meeting of the Greene County Ethics Committee Wednesday afternoon at the courthouse annex.
Thompson is facing an EEOC complaint that he sexually coerced and discriminated against a former employee of the County Clerk's Office, with statements of inappropriate behavior by Thompson made by five other women.
Attorney Cook had been retained by the Insurance Committee to investigate the claims made against Thompson in the filing with the EEOC, but she said during Wednesday's meeting that additional allegations were raised during her investigation. Cook said those allegations concern an improper relationship between an elected official and employees, misuse of government property and the granting of favors being traded for sex, including payment for time not worked and the fraudulent creation of time sheets.
Cook also said that a county-owned computer containing e-mails with inappropriate photos of the three women has been heavily encrypted to prevent access to the password for the computer. Cook said that multiple requests have been made to Thompson and county attorney Roger Woolsey since July to provide the password, and that she was told by another attorney that previously represented Thompson that the password would not be provided without a court order. Cook also said that during a closed session, Greene County Mayor Alan Broyles promised her that he would obtain the passwords himself, but failed to do so.
The meeting was called to address an ethics complaint by county commissioner Tim White regarding the allegations against Thompson. White said during the meeting that his goal was to see that the facts of the complaint were presented to allow members of the committee to determine how to proceed.
Committee chair Hilton Seay attempted to stop any discussion of the facts surrounding the allegations against Thompson, saying that the committee could not act without the authority of the Insurance Committee, and that this meeting was not the time and place for the facts to be presented.
The committee voted by a margin of 4 to 3 to allow Cook to speak before the committee, with yes votes from White, Jan Kiker, David Crum and Wade McAmis and no votes from Seay, Robert Bird and Phil King. Commissioner Rennie Hopson was absent and Thompson was recused from voting.
The committee then voted identically to recommend to the Greene County Commission that Cook be hired as attorney pro tem to represent the county in the matter.
Cook's comments before the committee were part of a report that was filed yesterday with the State Comptroller of the Treasury.
If you know you've broken laws, admit it.
Take the consequences like a man.
Those who attempt to cover up should resign.