On Thursday, sources inside Walker County government reported certain county employees had been advised to get their paychecks to the bank ASAP on Friday, because of fears the county’s account might not have enough cash on hand to make payroll.
Employees reported on Friday having no issues with their checks, so the county did have enough funds on hand to cover payroll – this time anyway. But Walker County’s financial situation is precarious, teetering on the edge.
LU HAS confirmed heads of various county departments were asked to submit payroll early this week and warned that no invoices will be paid from the county’s accounts until mid-October unless approved by the CPA. So money is tight, even in the best scenario.
Bebe’s run us right out of money again – just as she’s announcing plans to cut taxes hoping to extend her political career.
From the same braintrust that brought us Hutcheson a year ago…
How often do we see political candidates hammering stakes and putting up their own campaign signs?
In addition to his door-to-door visits with voters, Perry Lamb has been out delivering and putting up his own yard signs in recent weeks, usually followed closely by someone working for his opponents looking to erect one of theirs.
We can’t fully judge a candidate on their campaign, but the way Lamb, Whitfield, and Heiskell are campaigning and putting up signs shows some clear differences in their styles.
Bebe’s signs go up in the middle of the night, erected by county employees and people loyal to her because she spends county money with them or their businesses. She treats the county as an extension of herself and her campaign and invests little into it personally, yet reaps the benefits of political office.
Shannon Whitfield’s signs are put up by his “advisor” friends, the same people who paid for the signs, who likely decided on the design of those signs and picked where they’d go. They’re out doing the work while he sits back and waits on someone to tell him he’s won the election, after which he’ll let those same people decide what he’ll do in office and have voters talk to those “advisors” when they need something. He’s invested almost no time and absolutely no money into the campaign to get him elected.
Perry Lamb is out hammering up his own damn signs, which he paid for out of pocket, and talking to the voters directly about their wants and needs. He works a full time job in a hospital bringing babies into the world then goes out after work to campaign. And hopefully when elected he’ll take the same approach to working and listening that he’s taking now.
After ten months, LaFayette has finally found its new recreation director.
Jason Shattuck, a LaFayette native who’s worked in recent years at the Dalton Recreation Department, started with the city last Monday.
WQCH Radio, 09/07/16: “JASON SHATTUCK HAS BEEN HIRED AS THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE’S NEW RECREATION DIRECTOR, STARTING MONDAY.
“HE IS A NATIVE OF LAFAYETTE AND A 1996 GRADUATE OF LAFAYETTE HIGH. JASON ATTENDED GEORGIA SOUTHERN AND GRADUATED WITH A BS IN COMMERCIAL RECREATION AND TOURISM. HE HAS WORKED AS A YOUTH SPORTS COORDINATOR AT CHEROKEE GEORGIA AND IN SEVERAL SUPERVISORY POSITIONS IN THE DALTON REC DEPARTMENT.
“HE IS MARRIED TO JENNIFER COLE SHATTACK AND THEY HAVE AN 11 YEAR OLD SON.
“CITY MANAGER DAVID HAMILTON SAID ‘WE ARE EXCITED TO BRING JASON’S PASSION AND VISION FOR GROWING THE RECREATION DEPARTMENT AND ELEVATING THE QUALIFY OF LIFE IN OUR COMMUNITY’.”
He sounds like a great fit; someone with the experience/background we need to have a top-notch rec department that meets the needs of every resident.
(Shattuck was the Dalton Rec Department’s facilities guy, overseeing maintenance and construction of buildings and amenities for that community. One of his most recent projects was the expansion of a public skate park – something badly needed in LaFayette.)
Shattuck replaces long-time recreation director Patti Scott who was abruptly fired by the city last November. Her job has been held temporarily since then by the city’s information technology guy, Scott Underwood.
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