Corruption among us in Caldwell County.
jezz

United States

#42 Aug 14, 2011
People that defend inappropriate behavior must participate in the same.
WTF

United States

#43 Aug 14, 2011
Why don't they investigate more with all county employees. Because I'm sure all of them us there work email for personal useage. Simply due to the fact that if they are having affairs they want get caught at home. But no they are just going to use this case as a dismissal. I think its pretty crappy that the county knows of other affairs and didn't display it the news topic or no one lost there jobs over it. Hopefully they will seek revenge because I know there's a few ways to get back at the dumbass that sent the emails out to the county.
TSF

Four Oaks, NC

#44 Aug 14, 2011
Let he who is perfect cast the first stone. Apparently you are that person. Wow.
jezz wrote:
People that defend inappropriate behavior must participate in the same.
jezz

Greenwood, SC

#45 Aug 14, 2011
It is what it is!

Since: Aug 11

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#46 Aug 15, 2011
are you kidding me? nothing will ever happen because every official is scratching the other one's back
caldwell guy

United States

#47 Aug 15, 2011
Likely there are no more unfaithful spouses on the county payroll than there are at the local restaurant, factory or store.
I don't understand the venom against county employees that i did not see a few years ago.
If the employee is misusing resources they are from what i hear disciplined as this case showed.
If they are doing something on their own time or not misusing resources then it is no different from anyone else involved. A witch hunt against all county employees is ridiculous as it would be against any other employee without cause in any other line of work. I think some are just haters of anyone employed public or private.
TSF

Four Oaks, NC

#48 Aug 16, 2011
REAL CORRUPTION:Congressman Patric McHenry's town hall meeting where he tried to explain to hecklers why he cut social security and medicare so that he could buy new office furniture
nfoothills

Asheville, NC

#49 Aug 16, 2011
As the story goes, when someone is caught in a crime, a wrong doing, or just plain reckless behavior, there will always be a story trying to justify such behavior, & most always a story that points to more reckless behavior leading away from the story at hand. corruption is corruption, a lie is a lie, truth is truth. There are no fine lines between the three, just people trying to condone selfishness & blaming others when they don't get their way. When the dust settles & people move along to the next top story of corruption, people will RESUME back to the reckless way of living that they were once doing before they were caught. History class taught us that HISTORY ALWAYS REPEATS ITSELF.
TSF

Four Oaks, NC

#50 Aug 16, 2011
Youy are absolutely right. Little "Patrick's" story is that he got a splinter and so had to remodel his office with new paint, new furniture and plush new carpet, AT TAX PAYER EXPENSE. I dont care if the county employees screw themselves silly as long as they dont steal taxpayer money.
nfoothills wrote:
As the story goes, when someone is caught in a crime, a wrong doing, or just plain reckless behavior, there will always be a story trying to justify such behavior, & most always a story that points to more reckless behavior leading away from the story at hand. corruption is corruption, a lie is a lie, truth is truth. There are no fine lines between the three, just people trying to condone selfishness & blaming others when they don't get their way. When the dust settles & people move along to the next top story of corruption, people will RESUME back to the reckless way of living that they were once doing before they were caught. History class taught us that HISTORY ALWAYS REPEATS ITSELF.
linda

United States

#52 Aug 16, 2011
Bombshell getting ready to explode stay tuned... U won't believe it!!
nfoothills

Spencer, NC

#53 Aug 18, 2011
I guess that bomb was in the paper?
caldwell guy

United States

#54 Aug 18, 2011
Hard to believe the elections board will want to rehire Ms. Stewart. Again, it would seem that employee's imparitality would be compromised.
TSF

Four Oaks, NC

#55 Aug 19, 2011
The bombshell is an all republican board of commissioners threatening to take over the board of elections in Caldwell. Think of the money we could (not)save if we just cancelled elections altogether and let Ben make some more of his great "land deals" for us.
James

Greer, SC

#56 Aug 19, 2011
caldwell guy wrote:
Hard to believe the elections board will want to rehire Ms. Stewart. Again, it would seem that employee's imparitality would be compromised.
Caldwell County operates in a way where county officials are to be impartial?

I wish.
shield

Conover, NC

#57 Aug 19, 2011
There are laws in which the county must follow when i comes to personnel. Yes her emails are public record b/c they were done using a public/taxpayer computer....however the COUNTY is not allowed to mention names of employees in any instance. The paper can report it, but the County should have said.."We are not allowed to discuss personnel matters, are are reviewing these allegations"....however they did not and openly discussed it in the paper. They set themselves up for a huge lawsuit.
Common Sense

Eddyville, KY

#58 Aug 19, 2011
Once again Ben Griffin inserts himself into a situation that doesn't need his input. He has micromanaged just about every department in the county. The other commissioners waddle behind him like ducks quacking "yes sir." We really only need one commissioner as long as it's Ben. That would save some money for the county!

How long will the citizens of Caldwell County allow Ben Griffin to make every decision in every department. I guess we'll find out in November 2012 if we still have employees to set up the voting machines.
DRM

Greenville, SC

#59 Aug 19, 2011
Common Sense wrote:
Once again Ben Griffin inserts himself into a situation that doesn't need his input. He has micromanaged just about every department in the county. The other commissioners waddle behind him like ducks quacking "yes sir." We really only need one commissioner as long as it's Ben. That would save some money for the county!
How long will the citizens of Caldwell County allow Ben Griffin to make every decision in every department. I guess we'll find out in November 2012 if we still have employees to set up the voting machines.
Agreed. Most people are completely unaware of Ben's deleterious effect on this County. Surely the local republican party can come up with somebody better than that in 2012.
nc mountains

Oviedo, FL

#60 Aug 19, 2011
I have read all the articles and have known both Heather Stewart and Tim Marley for years. I grew up with Heather and have worked with Tim. They are both manipulators and dishonest. I guess in the issue of having an affair is their problem, but from what I understand (I know someone that works with Heather), the emails were very sexually explicit and that is wrong if we, the taxpayers are funding this. If they want to use their private home email thats one thing (which I'm sure they are using that as well) but using her work county email and us paying her to take the time to exchange written garbage; that gets me mad. I work hard for my money and I don't even do it..so why should some of my money be used to help pay for her work time to do this...no way...and how stupid could you be to write that crap in emails that belong to an employer that they have a right to view.
In addition, all the blame is not just hers. Tim Marley is just as much as an idiot as her. After serving this county as a Captain in the Sheriff's, you would think he would be smart enough. I understand he has had affairs with other married women. So, we need to protect our wives from home wreckers like that. By the way, didn't his wife cheat on him? If his actions were like this when he was married, you can't blame her. How could Heather do this to her two boys and recent husband.
shield

Conover, NC

#61 Aug 19, 2011
nc mountains wrote:
I have read all the articles and have known both Heather Stewart and Tim Marley for years. I grew up with Heather and have worked with Tim. They are both manipulators and dishonest. I guess in the issue of having an affair is their problem, but from what I understand (I know someone that works with Heather), the emails were very sexually explicit and that is wrong if we, the taxpayers are funding this. If they want to use their private home email thats one thing (which I'm sure they are using that as well) but using her work county email and us paying her to take the time to exchange written garbage; that gets me mad. I work hard for my money and I don't even do it..so why should some of my money be used to help pay for her work time to do this...no way...and how stupid could you be to write that crap in emails that belong to an employer that they have a right to view.
In addition, all the blame is not just hers. Tim Marley is just as much as an idiot as her. After serving this county as a Captain in the Sheriff's, you would think he would be smart enough. I understand he has had affairs with other married women. So, we need to protect our wives from home wreckers like that. By the way, didn't his wife cheat on him? If his actions were like this when he was married, you can't blame her. How could Heather do this to her two boys and recent husband.
are you at work right now??

again, not arguing this was wrong and a violation of policy for use of work email.

However, The county cannot by law, mention names of it's employees when it concerns a personnel matter.
nfoothills

Albemarle, NC

#63 Aug 19, 2011
Wow. Applauding Nc mountain!!! Good for you. Spoken like a real champ!

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