Jury awards former IW county official...

Jury awards former IW county official $195,000

There are 30 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Mar 24, 2009, titled Jury awards former IW county official $195,000. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

A Circuit Court jury awarded $195,000 on Monday to a former Isle of Wight County parks and recreation administrator who sued Assistant County Administrator Patrick Small for defamation and the county for breach of contract.

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IOW Resident

Huntington, NY

#22 Mar 30, 2009
After reading all of the 21 comments made by either informed or uninformed folks I to would like to make some simple obvious commennts;
First--Since Mr. Nogiec was a long 28 year employee how many years of these so called bad reports have been made and placed into his file? This is a catchy question since if they have been placing bad evaluations in this mans report for multiple years then why was he kept on as an employee and not let go sooner, or did these reports just enter into his file since Mr. Small took over as his Superior? Second--How many of these upper management employees left while Mr. Small was the Asst. County Administrator? Next--Concerning the flooding of the Museum no one and I mean no one can fix a leak or flood without ample funding. Maybe we should check those BOS meeting minutes to see exactly what Mr. Nogiec and others reported on and how much it would have taken to make those repairs. For example, the master plan to make our county fairgrounds were changed more times than my daughter changes outfits and were NEVER adequetely funded from the beginning. So who is to blame for these issues. I think we are all looking at this and wanting to point the finger at only 1 or 2 people. Patrick Smalls case with Mr.Nogiec should be a problem that he should be held accountable for himself and not the County. Overall I think we all know who is Running/Managing/Operating our county. They call themselves "The Bourd of Supervisors". They are elected officials and can always not be re-elected. We obviously need some folks in those chairs who will take notice and not turn away.
The Shoe

Yorktown, VA

#23 Mar 30, 2009
To IOW Resident:
1. The negative reports started after Small assumed oversight of Nogiec's department.

2. Roughly a dozen+ high-ranking county employees have left since Small became assistant administrator.

3. Small is being held personally accountable for his issues with Nogiec. The larger judgement ($150k) is against Small as an individual, while the $45k judgement is against the county for not removing the negative reviews from Nogiec's file as it was apparently required to do by the terms of the separation agreement.

The BOS really has little power in this situation since it is not in control of the day-to-day hiring and firing of county personnel. Even if they did, they've spent the past several buying everything Small told them without question. The board does hire the county administrator, and installing a real leader in that position might make a significant difference in how the courthouse operates.
Hit the Nail

Greenville, SC

#24 Mar 31, 2009
The Shoe wrote:
To IOW Resident:
1. The negative reports started after Small assumed oversight of Nogiec's department.
2. Roughly a dozen+ high-ranking county employees have left since Small became assistant administrator.
3. Small is being held personally accountable for his issues with Nogiec. The larger judgement ($150k) is against Small as an individual, while the $45k judgement is against the county for not removing the negative reviews from Nogiec's file as it was apparently required to do by the terms of the separation agreement.
The BOS really has little power in this situation since it is not in control of the day-to-day hiring and firing of county personnel. Even if they did, they've spent the past several buying everything Small told them without question. The board does hire the county administrator, and installing a real leader in that position might make a significant difference in how the courthouse operates.
Right on -- I do believe Mr. Small has made some improvements in the county, and was dead on in idenfying issues with Mr. Nogeic department,(which is totally a seperate issue from the trial)--....as well as some other problems in his tenure - however it seems to be more of an overall issue with HOW he handels those things not WHETHER or not they are there. And that is what the county admin should be monitoring -- but he seems to be sliding right thru a lot of the blame here so right on Mr. Shoe for pointing that out.

Let's not all forget what the trial was really about - was the agreement broken? the jury decided it had. Plain and simple.

The other issues brought to the surface here should be worthy of consideration by both Mr. Caskey and the Board. There seems to be a problem with the way this man operates and there have been questions
raised before on other employees departures. It is sad that one of them (and it was Mr. Nogeic) had to go this far to bring attention to the problem. I think the problem has been ther for a while and Mr. Caskey does not seems to get it. But the board should be taking notice of all of these employees leaving ---- that cost us taxpayers money too in the long run.
commenting with your name

Suffolk, VA

#25 Mar 31, 2009
I can understand why you would write your name on the comment if you are trying to get your wife kudos from her boss...however for the people who work at the county besides a few butt kissers see MR.SMALL the way he really is...SMALL in character, SMALL in leadership, and SMALL IN ETHICS MOST OF ALL!!!! Our county would be in much better shape if people DID WHAT WAS RIGHT and we had leadership that saw to it...unfortunately this county is CORRUPT! Make sure you know what you are talking about before you make ASSUMPTIONS on one persons opinion who HAS NO IDEA the truth about the snakes!!!
Student of life-lessons

Warsaw, VA

#26 Mar 31, 2009
Mr. Small is not a "BAD GUY". He's human just like everyone else. We are ALL different and we are all here to learn from one another. Start with the Good Book and grow from there. Who here is without sin and should be allowed to cast these stones? Get off his back and let him go forward in his learning experience. And, PLEASE, for God's sake, be kind to his wife and children! Teach yourselves kindness in the process. Please.
commenting with your name

Suffolk, VA

#27 Apr 1, 2009
Student of life-lessons wrote:
Mr. Small is not a "BAD GUY". He's human just like everyone else. We are ALL different and we are all here to learn from one another. Start with the Good Book and grow from there. Who here is without sin and should be allowed to cast these stones? Get off his back and let him go forward in his learning experience. And, PLEASE, for God's sake, be kind to his wife and children! Teach yourselves kindness in the process. Please.
Nobody has said anything about Mr. Small's wife or children! A LEARNING experience is only a LEARNING experience if you LEARN!!!! Nobody is without sin so what just let everyone reak havoc and let them get away with it? GET REAL...This is LIFE and there are consequences for wrong actions and that is exactly what MR SMALL is receiving...YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE!!!
Student of life-lessons

Warsaw, VA

#29 Apr 1, 2009
commenting with your name wrote:
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Nobody has said anything about Mr. Small's wife or children! A LEARNING experience is only a LEARNING experience if you LEARN!!!! Nobody is without sin so what just let everyone reak havoc and let them get away with it? GET REAL...This is LIFE and there are consequences for wrong actions and that is exactly what MR SMALL is receiving...YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE!!!
Of course this discourse has not mentioned his family; but they do live here, work here, play here. "phone lines" are short in I/W and I just hope ... well I just hope. Next, of course there are consequences to every action; and karma is a b****. Newspapers sell when this sort of thing gets such detailed coverage. Keep on reading. More will come. The good, the bad, and the comments...
Former Resident Employee

Spartanburg, SC

#30 Aug 31, 2012
Observer wrote:
It seems that this is not a discussion of the case or article but negative comments that do nothing but hurt people.
As one person said, "We all know South Church Street floods", then why is Mr. Small's comments defamation of character. It seems that someone must have known and why would they store 300 year old artifacts in the basement? From my understanding Mr. Small was just answering questions posed to him by the board and as a public servant his obligation is to answer honestly.
I have always believed that complaining does nothing but breed negativity. Negativity will not accomplish anything. No matter the outcome, the tax payers pay in the end. Maybe a few of you should give up your job and go work for the elected officials of Isle of Wight and have people judge you.
Hurt someone? Hurt a man who doesn't care about who he hurts!
I've seen the damage Patrick Small can do to someone and their families.
My family has been one of the many families that have been attacked and affected by the damage Patrick Small can do.
Trust me, heís getting off lightly.
Sweetheart, my husband was on the board in IOW. So I have seen first hand.
The man canít be trusted where ever he works. Look out Portsmouth you have a High Risk employee on your hands now!
Another High Risk employee in IOW, Doug Caskey. This man approved everything that Patrick Small did. Doug should also be held accountable for any damages.
Former Resident Employee

Spartanburg, SC

#31 Aug 31, 2012
Student of life-lessons wrote:
Mr. Small is not a "BAD GUY". He's human just like everyone else. We are ALL different and we are all here to learn from one another. Start with the Good Book and grow from there. Who here is without sin and should be allowed to cast these stones? Get off his back and let him go forward in his learning experience. And, PLEASE, for God's sake, be kind to his wife and children! Teach yourselves kindness in the process. Please.
@ Student of life-lessons

Mr. Small IS A BAD GUY. Yes, he is human and Yes, humans make mistakes. But, "we" all learn form making mistakes, Mr. Small didn't. He abused his job position to damage others ONLY to benefit himself.
As far as Mrs. Small, she has seen the damage and hurt that her husband has caused. Melissa is not stupid.
Former Resident Employee

Spartanburg, SC

#32 Aug 31, 2012
commenting with your name wrote:
<quoted text>
Nobody has said anything about Mr. Small's wife or children! A LEARNING experience is only a LEARNING experience if you LEARN!!!! Nobody is without sin so what just let everyone reak havoc and let them get away with it? GET REAL...This is LIFE and there are consequences for wrong actions and that is exactly what MR SMALL is receiving...YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE!!!
@ commenting with your name
You have hit the nail on the head! I agree 500% with what you just said.
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