PSD director suspended; Mosteller res...

PSD director suspended; Mosteller responds

There are 43 comments on the Lincoln Journal story from Nov 1, 2013, titled PSD director suspended; Mosteller responds. In it, Lincoln Journal reports that:

The director of the Lincoln Public Service District was suspended without pay last week, according to one of the three board members speaking to The Lincoln Journal, Friday morning.

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Concerned citizen

United States

#1 Nov 1, 2013
I'm appalled! This man has worked so hard for the people of Lincoln co. However, I'm not surprised. Politics in Lincoln co, would u expect any less. I'm still anxious to hear the reasoning behind this. I've known this man for 30 yrs and I can assure you there isnt a crooked bone in his body. Very fine man with strong ethics and amazing family values. Ron Gregory, who is the ring leader of this, has been in numerous scandals in many counties. This is a fact, do your homework. Im 100% sure that the psd board and at least 1 commissioner just hung theirselves with this recent scandal. I'm behind Mr. Mosteller 100%.
The Chicago Way

Chicago, IL

#2 Nov 1, 2013
Concerned citizen wrote:
I'm appalled! This man has worked so hard for the people of Lincoln co. However, I'm not surprised. Politics in Lincoln co, would u expect any less. I'm still anxious to hear the reasoning behind this. I've known this man for 30 yrs and I can assure you there isnt a crooked bone in his body. Very fine man with strong ethics and amazing family values. Ron Gregory, who is the ring leader of this, has been in numerous scandals in many counties. This is a fact, do your homework. Im 100% sure that the psd board and at least 1 commissioner just hung theirselves with this recent scandal. I'm behind Mr. Mosteller 100%.
Perhaps what you say is true with the exception of ethics. Mosteller is a political opportunist. His politics is his own survival. There is strong evidence that he has participated in various crony schemes and some of those enthusiastically. It is entirely possible that the corruption network is unraveling. One can only hope. In any event there could be better management of the PSD. One that uses a uniform engineering standard in how these systems are put forth. Every tax payer is invested in these water systems whether they do or do not have water service. Many are deprived of adequate hydrants for fire protection.
Concerned citizen

United States

#3 Nov 1, 2013
The Chicago Way wrote:
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Perhaps what you say is true with the exception of ethics. Mosteller is a political opportunist. His politics is his own survival. There is strong evidence that he has participated in various crony schemes and some of those enthusiastically. It is entirely possible that the corruption network is unraveling. One can only hope. In any event there could be better management of the PSD. One that uses a uniform engineering standard in how these systems are put forth. Every tax payer is invested in these water systems whether they do or do not have water service. Many are deprived of adequate hydrants for fire protection.
Well I guess if illegally soliciting funds from engineering companies iLife Ron Gregory did, the kind of "uniform engineering" standard u are talking about, then I guess Mr. Mosteller is guilty. Amazing. Ron Gregory motioned to suspend mr. Mosteller. Ron Gregory is guilty of not making his bond payments, he ran the Greatwr St.Albans PSD until they were darn near bankrupt, he was 1 million dollars short when he was city manager. Is this more of the kind of person u are looking for? How is he fit to determine who is capable of managing the PSD? Ha, amazing! Lincoln counties finest.
The Chicago Way

Chicago, IL

#4 Nov 1, 2013
Concerned citizen wrote:
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Well I guess if illegally soliciting funds from engineering companies iLife Ron Gregory did, the kind of "uniform engineering" standard u are talking about, then I guess Mr. Mosteller is guilty. Amazing. Ron Gregory motioned to suspend mr. Mosteller. Ron Gregory is guilty of not making his bond payments, he ran the Greatwr St.Albans PSD until they were darn near bankrupt, he was 1 million dollars short when he was city manager. Is this more of the kind of person u are looking for? How is he fit to determine who is capable of managing the PSD? Ha, amazing! Lincoln counties finest.
There were two other votes on the Board. Those two votes would have prevented Mosteller's suspension. Let's face it he will be fired. It appears a mistake Mosteller made was lobbying against Gregory. Director's don't get to pick their Board. Live by the sword, and die by the sword. Because there are issues with Gregory doesn't mean we should ignore issues with Mosteller. I agree with you we deserve the "best" but you well know in Lincoln County we haven't reached the level of the "acceptable" yet.
outraged

Charleston, WV

#5 Nov 1, 2013
To what information do you base your theory? The meeting where Mr. Mosteller was allegedly suspended was held in Executive Session and NOTHING comcerning his suspension was spoken about outside the executive session - so how do you purport to know what was spoken about BEHIND closed doors, unless YOU were actually there? And since Ron Gregory is a part of a conglomerate of new media writers, I'd be willing to bet YOU are Ron Gregory and are just spouting off your mouth to make Mr. Mosteller look bad - he has done nothing wrong while there. Already, Mr. Gregory has started on his journey to bankrupt the LPSD, by already hring lawyers the entity cannot afford to go on a wild goose chase that will only uncover the great work Mr. Mosteller has done since he was hired by the board of directors. I challenge all eople who red this to stay abreast of the "Independent Investigation" and you will see just what everyone else already knows - Mr. Mosteller sis the finest general manager the LPSD has ever had and Mr. Gregory will finally be taken down. Thank God that Mr. Gregory CANNOT hide behind his "my sources are private & I need not reveal my source" - because this has NOTHING to do with the newspaper business & reporting.
Concerned citizen

United States

#6 Nov 1, 2013
The Chicago Way wrote:
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There were two other votes on the Board. Those two votes would have prevented Mosteller's suspension. Let's face it he will be fired. It appears a mistake Mosteller made was lobbying against Gregory. Director's don't get to pick their Board. Live by the sword, and die by the sword. Because there are issues with Gregory doesn't mean we should ignore issues with Mosteller. I agree with you we deserve the "best" but you well know in Lincoln County we haven't reached the level of the "acceptable" yet.
Directors don't, but the citizens sure can have an impact. Back to your comment "a mistake Mosteller made was lobbying against Gregory". So you, mr. Gregory, are admitting that this is a personal thing against Mosteller for trying to protect the citizens of Lincoln against the likes of people like you, by pointing out your many, many mistakes that make you unfit to serve on any board? Sounds like revenge and politics to me. I still would like to hear exactly what Mosteller is being accused of? No proof, no real allegations even. Mosteller is beyond fit for the job. We will see Mr. Gregory, we will see. Don't underestimate the power of the law or the power of GOD.
Behind Mosteller

United States

#7 Nov 1, 2013
The Chicago Way wrote:
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There were two other votes on the Board. Those two votes would have prevented Mosteller's suspension. Let's face it he will be fired. It appears a mistake Mosteller made was lobbying against Gregory. Director's don't get to pick their Board. Live by the sword, and die by the sword. Because there are issues with Gregory doesn't mean we should ignore issues with Mosteller. I agree with you we deserve the "best" but you well know in Lincoln County we haven't reached the level of the "acceptable" yet.
Sounds like you, Mr. Gregory, have gone in over your head once again. This time, I'm confident it will be the last time you are given a chance to do so. Look at the bright side, this will be the last time you will publicly make an ass of yourself.
The Chicago Way

Chicago, IL

#8 Nov 1, 2013
Concerned citizen wrote:
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Directors don't, but the citizens sure can have an impact. Back to your comment "a mistake Mosteller made was lobbying against Gregory". So you, mr. Gregory, are admitting that this is a personal thing against Mosteller for trying to protect the citizens of Lincoln against the likes of people like you, by pointing out your many, many mistakes that make you unfit to serve on any board? Sounds like revenge and politics to me. I still would like to hear exactly what Mosteller is being accused of? No proof, no real allegations even. Mosteller is beyond fit for the job. We will see Mr. Gregory, we will see. Don't underestimate the power of the law or the power of GOD.
I am not Mr. Gregory. My statement was based on the simple principle that if you are a director of a company or operation the most (I do mean most) toxic thing you can do is lobby against a board candidate or continuing or reappointment of a board member. I'll say it again, you don't get to pick your board. Or, at least, you better not be caught trying to and he was.

Mosteller called for an investigation that he assumed he could in some way control as the continuing Director. That has changed because he is on the outside looking in now. I don't have any reason or information to believe the Director was guilty of massive fraud or personal theft of any kind. Perhaps those kinds of allegations will be made but I am not in possession of anything to suggest that. However, he clearly was a political payback kind of person and likely will be tainted in an investigation that thoroughly looks at the operation of the PSD and when and how decisions were made to extend facilities. The only citizen Mosteller was trying to protect was Mosteller.

BTW it is ethically correct for a board member to hold a director accountable for lobbying against him/her. Were I the Board Member I would first try a "come to Jesus conference" with the Director to sort out the concern. If that didn't work then other measures could and would apply. The Board Member is the employer and the director is the employee.

All due respect, I honestly don't think God is on the organization chart here. That is not anti Christian it just isn't a part of the mix.
The Chicago Way

Chicago, IL

#9 Nov 1, 2013
outraged wrote:
To what information do you base your theory? The meeting where Mr. Mosteller was allegedly suspended was held in Executive Session and NOTHING comcerning his suspension was spoken about outside the executive session - so how do you purport to know what was spoken about BEHIND closed doors, unless YOU were actually there? And since Ron Gregory is a part of a conglomerate of new media writers, I'd be willing to bet YOU are Ron Gregory and are just spouting off your mouth to make Mr. Mosteller look bad - he has done nothing wrong while there. Already, Mr. Gregory has started on his journey to bankrupt the LPSD, by already hring lawyers the entity cannot afford to go on a wild goose chase that will only uncover the great work Mr. Mosteller has done since he was hired by the board of directors. I challenge all (sic) eople who(sic) red this to stay abreast of the "Independent Investigation" and you will see just what everyone else already knows - Mr. Mosteller (sic) sis the finest general manager the LPSD has ever had and Mr. Gregory will finally be taken down. Thank God that Mr. Gregory CANNOT hide behind his "my sources are private & I need not reveal my source" - because this has NOTHING to do with the newspaper business & reporting.
I am not Ron Gregory, and I don't know Ron Gregory. I am not defending Ron Gregory. My comments are based on my knowledge of Mosteller. Please define the term "conglomerate of new media writers"
Lies and more lies

United States

#10 Nov 1, 2013
The Chicago Way wrote:
<quoted text>
I am not Mr. Gregory. My statement was based on the simple principle that if you are a director of a company or operation the most (I do mean most) toxic thing you can do is lobby against a board candidate or continuing or reappointment of a board member. I'll say it again, you don't get to pick your board. Or, at least, you better not be caught trying to and he was.
Mosteller called for an investigation that he assumed he could in some way control as the continuing Director. That has changed because he is on the outside looking in now. I don't have any reason or information to believe the Director was guilty of massive fraud or personal theft of any kind. Perhaps those kinds of allegations will be made but I am not in possession of anything to suggest that. However, he clearly was a political payback kind of person and likely will be tainted in an investigation that thoroughly looks at the operation of the PSD and when and how decisions were made to extend facilities. The only citizen Mosteller was trying to protect was Mosteller.
BTW it is ethically correct for a board member to hold a director accountable for lobbying against him/her. Were I the Board Member I would first try a "come to Jesus conference" with the Director to sort out the concern. If that didn't work then other measures could and would apply. The Board Member is the employer and the director is the employee.
All due respect, I honestly don't think God is on the organization chart here. That is not anti Christian it just isn't a part of the mix.
. I agree with the other two, you are clearly this Ron fellow. I don't know you personally, but I've been doing my research since I heard what was going on. Pathetic, that's what you are. Lies, lies. You are not Mr. Gregory? That's hilarious. Clearly you are. Are you just assuming Mike Mosteller was lobbying against Gregory? Enough with the lies and bullshit. Why is it harmful for Mike to try and show Lincoln Co the facts of why you are not ethically or mentally capable of having a decision or opinion on anything? You are clearly a troubled man who is pissed at Mike for trying to protect the LPSD against bankruptcy, fraud, etc, etc. This is all public record, You are irresponsible and mentally ill.
outraged

Charleston, WV

#11 Nov 1, 2013
To set the record straight - the "allegations" against Mr. Mosteller concerning his "alleged" suspension have not been made public to anyone other than the LPSD board of directors "pending an INDEPENDENT investigation", AND, NO WHERE, in the above referenced article did it say Mr. Mosteller was "lobbying against a board candidate or continuing or reappointment of a board member" - it said Mr. Gregory FELT there had been "an attempt to shorten his six-year term "improperly and illegally" - the word "FELT" being the operative word here. AND, there was NO REFERENCE anywhere in the article above that even hinted at Mr. Mosteller as being "guilty of massive fraud or personal theft of any kind" - so why do you even have cause to write such filth? What in this article even makes you say that "he clearly was a political payback kind of person and likely will be tainted in an investigation that thoroughly looks at the operation of the PSD and when and how decisions were made to extend facilities"? AND, how can you say "The only citizen Mosteller was trying to protect was Mosteller" when the article says that there is documented proof that Mr. Mosteller invited the investigtion of the LPSD by the Lincoln County Commission and the PSD Board of Directors OVER A YEAR AGO? Crawl back into your hole and give up this insane attempt to destroy one of the finest public employees Lincoln County has ever had. It is time you realize that not ALL PUBLIC EMPLOYEES are corrupt.
The Chicago Way

Chicago, IL

#12 Nov 1, 2013
outraged wrote:
To set the record straight - the "allegations" against Mr. Mosteller concerning his "alleged" suspension have not been made public to anyone other than the LPSD board of directors "pending an INDEPENDENT investigation", AND, NO WHERE, in the above referenced article did it say Mr. Mosteller was "lobbying against a board candidate or continuing or reappointment of a board member" - it said Mr. Gregory FELT there had been "an attempt to shorten his six-year term "improperly and illegally" - the word "FELT" being the operative word here. AND, there was NO REFERENCE anywhere in the article above that even hinted at Mr. Mosteller as being "guilty of massive fraud or personal theft of any kind" - so why do you even have cause to write such filth? What in this article even makes you say that "he clearly was a political payback kind of person and likely will be tainted in an investigation that thoroughly looks at the operation of the PSD and when and how decisions were made to extend facilities"? AND, how can you say "The only citizen Mosteller was trying to protect was Mosteller" when the article says that there is documented proof that Mr. Mosteller invited the investigtion of the LPSD by the Lincoln County Commission and the PSD Board of Directors OVER A YEAR AGO? Crawl back into your hole and give up this insane attempt to destroy one of the finest public employees Lincoln County has ever had. It is time you realize that not ALL PUBLIC EMPLOYEES are corrupt.
Everyone but you apparently knew that Mosteller lobbied against Gregory.

In the massive fraud statement I was trying to establish that as far as I knew there were no huge legal issues. I was giving Mosteller the benefit of doubt. As far as the other statements, I have personal knowledge of his inappropriate behavior. No one is trying to "destroy" Mosteller, except perhaps Mosteller. Sometime the chickens come home to roost. Methinks he can hear them cackling. I am not suggesting he was the originator of the idea involved in the wrong doing. He complied with other's wishes, perhaps for personal survival. Non the less it was wrong doing.
pathetic

Hamlin, WV

#13 Nov 1, 2013
I want to know what and how Ron Gregory has anything to do with Lincoln County anymore. After all his illegal attempts while running anything and after he disgraced and embarrassed himself while working for the Lincoln Journal, how could he be involved in anything that is designed to benefit the people of Lincoln County. He goes on and on about despising the people of this county. Worst example of a human being there is.
Lies and more lies

United States

#14 Nov 1, 2013
The Chicago Way wrote:
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Everyone but you apparently knew that Mosteller lobbied against Gregory.
In the massive fraud statement I was trying to establish that as far as I knew there were no huge legal issues. I was giving Mosteller the benefit of doubt. As far as the other statements, I have personal knowledge of his inappropriate behavior. No one is trying to "destroy" Mosteller, except perhaps Mosteller. Sometime the chickens come home to roost. Methinks he can hear them cackling. I am not suggesting he was the originator of the idea involved in the wrong doing. He complied with other's wishes, perhaps for personal survival. Non the less it was wrong doing.
. More lies, keep them up, it's comical.
Longtime Lincoln co res

United States

#15 Nov 1, 2013
pathetic wrote:
I want to know what and how Ron Gregory has anything to do with Lincoln County anymore. After all his illegal attempts while running anything and after he disgraced and embarrassed himself while working for the Lincoln Journal, how could he be involved in anything that is designed to benefit the people of Lincoln County. He goes on and on about despising the people of this county. Worst example of a human being there is.
. Perfectly stated!!!
Ready to do right

United States

#16 Nov 1, 2013
The Chicago Way wrote:
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I am not Ron Gregory, and I don't know Ron Gregory. I am not defending Ron Gregory. My comments are based on my knowledge of Mosteller. Please define the term "conglomerate of new media writers"
I beg to differ Ron, you mentioned to me that you were going to do this to try to make mike look bad, and now it's back firing. Careful man, you just never know who you can actually trust. You have no true friends, you have dirt on people and use your evil ways to get what you want. Also, Mr. Gregory, any recent run in's with the Jehovah witnesses trying to hurt you? Shameful. You really need to committ yourself to a mental hospital. When your "friends", "family" and co workers claim you are crazy, it's time to give in. There is help for you.
outraged

Charleston, WV

#17 Nov 1, 2013
According to the article, Mr. Mosteller only provided the commission or board of directors with the records of the appointment of Gregory that were at the PSD office - records that I am assuming were apparently put there BY the board of directors, but even then, since the Lincoln County Commission appoints the PSD Board members, the legal records would be not only with the county commission, but with the WV PSC, since the Lincoln County Commission must also file those appointments with the WV PSC, if I correctly understand the WV Code concerning the PSD's on this. Without public knowledge of the alleged wrong doing you refer to, there is absolutely no reason you should be on here trying to smear Mosteller's name and reputation. Unless you are directly involved in this, you should have no personal or public knowledge of any wrongdoing or inappropriate behavior issues that have been tossed at Mr. Mosteller. So my guess as to your identity stands. AND everyone can clearly read what you have written on this public forum, so don't try to backtrack now and act as if you were not accusing Mr. Mosteller of improperly and illegally trying to shorten your term, or of accusing him of being guilty of massive fraud or of personal theft - BECAUSE YOU HAVE DONE SO ON THIS FORUM! I wonder who started this forum? Was it you? I wonder just how long it will remain open to the public, now?
Appalled

Mayer, MN

#18 Nov 1, 2013
Here is my question? IF Mosteller did not want Ron Gregory on the Board, how is that a bad thing? Have you looked at Ron Gregory's history? He stole money from a man running for a Lincoln County Office, he was pulled over for driving on a suspended license, wreck less driving, no insurance, etc. He was let go from the Kanawha County Fair Board for unethical practices. Kanawha County DISSOLVED their Fair Board because Gregory was going around illegally soliciting funds and then demanding a percentage of the funds raised. One of the Kanawha County Commissioners said, "If that's the caliber of person we have soliciting funds for the county fair, we shouldn't have a county fair." EVERYWHERE Ron Gregory has been involved, he has created scandals and was forced to leave. Look at the mess that he's already creating in Lincoln County. How can the Lincoln County officials focus on bettering Lincoln County if they are so consumed by the messes that Ron Gregory is creating? Mike Mosteller has worked very hard to bring water to the people of Lincoln County. Why would he NOT want to protect all of his hard work from the likes of Gregory? Mike Mosteller also loves Lincoln County. It looks to me like IF he didn't want Gregory on the Board, he probably had the best interest of the ENTIRE COUNTY at heart. Too bad the Lincoln County Commissioners didn't have the best interest of Lincoln County at heart! Another thing that I'd be interesting in knowing is which one of the Commissioners Ron Gregory apparently has something on? We all know how tight knit the corrupt politics in Lincoln County is. If Gregory has something on one of the Commissioners, it's only obvious that THE MEN THAT THEY APPOINTED TO SERVE ON THE BOARD would have their back. That's just common sense. IF Mosteller was involved with the corrupt politics out there, they would never let this happen. Is that not apparent here? Good God. Here is some more food for thought: KK Matthews was the Commissioner pushing for Gregory's reinstatement. Isn't this the same man that is rumored to have given steroids to multiple high school athletes while he was coaching in Lincoln County? Didn't he quit teaching because of a mental breakdown? Quit the BOE after being elected, regardless of the circumstances? He has even moved at least one of his children out of Lincoln County Schools. A Lincoln County Official that won't even send his child to Lincoln County Schools? He seems very unstable and where there is smoke, there is generally fire. My suggestion would be to start there if you are looking for a scandal...
Appalled

Mayer, MN

#19 Nov 1, 2013
The Chicago Way wrote:
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There were two other votes on the Board. Those two votes would have prevented Mosteller's suspension. Let's face it he will be fired. It appears a mistake Mosteller made was lobbying against Gregory. Director's don't get to pick their Board. Live by the sword, and die by the sword. Because there are issues with Gregory doesn't mean we should ignore issues with Mosteller. I agree with you we deserve the "best" but you well know in Lincoln County we haven't reached the level of the "acceptable" yet.
Clearly, Mr. Gregory, you have something on one of the Commissioners. Those "two other votes on the Board" were also appointed by those Commissioners and answer to those same Commissioners. It's obvious that they would "have the backs" of their appointers.
Appalled

Mayer, MN

#20 Nov 1, 2013
The Chicago Way wrote:
<quoted text>
Perhaps what you say is true with the exception of ethics. Mosteller is a political opportunist. His politics is his own survival. There is strong evidence that he has participated in various crony schemes and some of those enthusiastically. It is entirely possible that the corruption network is unraveling. One can only hope. In any event there could be better management of the PSD. One that uses a uniform engineering standard in how these systems are put forth. Every tax payer is invested in these water systems whether they do or do not have water service. Many are deprived of adequate hydrants for fire protection.
Mr. Gregory, IF this was, indeed, about the quality of management/work that Mosteller is doing, why was it NEVER brought to his attention? Why was he never reprimanded, coached, shown the concerns? IF this was done in the best interest of the county, the "Powers that be" would have worked WITH Mosteller for betterment, not create a public scandal that will never benefit anyone but you, and whichever Commissioner you are blackmailing.

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