Fired!

After failing to get a tax digest passed and apparently messing everything up and not listening to the County Commissioners, the Bibb County Tax Assessors were all fired. I do have to say I feel sorry for my friend Maurice “Collateral Damage” Atkinson. The county did him a disservice in firing him, though I understand them wanting to wipe the slate clean.

Maurice came in after all the screw ups, worked his butt off to fix the situation despite lots of opposition, and then was fired with everyone else. That doesn’t send the best of signals to volunteer public officials who do the best they can.

8 comments

  1. Mad Dog says:

    Erick,

    I don’t know Maurice, but if you stand by him, that’s good enough for me.

    I hope there are enough people who support him like you do.

    MD

  2. DougieFresh says:

    I am not sure this will survive a challenge to the Superior Court (assuming I understand the Code). The Code seems to only allow for dismissal from the board by acts committed by an individual, not acts committed by the body as a whole. What did Maurice do, singly, to merit removal?

    I do not think that the Commission has the authority to redefine the code to apply to a collective, out of their own preference for a “fresh start”. Of course, when was the last time a Superior Court judge has bothered to read the Georgia Code.

  3. mercergirl says:

    This is sad, but I’m glad to know (for whatever it may be worth) that Chairman Bishop and the others noted that Maurice is a man of integrity- something I would agree with.

  4. macongop says:

    Maurice is a great guy, he was just put in a no win job. The assessors office has had just as many problems as City Council/Mayor have had. Yet i don’t think the job as an Assessor should be a life time appointment also. There needs to be a review process of each member and a time/term limit applied. Once Calvin Hick was fired, Pandora’s Box was opened on the Board of Assessors.

  5. This is probably not the most responsible thing for me to do, but what the heck, this is uncharted waters. I do appreciate the kind words.

    Over the past few months there has been an enormous amount of rhetoric and innuendo regarding the Bibb County Board of Tax Assessors, of which I serve. I have resisted making public comments out of respect of the office and the ability to re-harness the public confidence in this vital institution. The Board of Assessors is the life blood of local government and its ability to function correctly is critical.

    My belief is that government should be blind as it pertains to individuals. As public servants, in any capacity, we must hold ourselves to the law and the intent of the law. Anything less is not “Public Service” it is self-service.

    In the last few months we have made enormous headway in healing and cleaning up some long standing problems. I’ve never asserted there were never any problems, but we are definitely moving in the right direction.

    It all starts with a solid well managed organization. People rise to the standards that are set. Jim is doing a tremendous job. He’s not perfect, but he has harnessed this team and they’re moving. These are “all” excellent people, hard working and trying to do a job.

    I’ve enjoyed every minute, even the testy ones. I had a desired outcome I wanted to influence, that being the organizational structure’s paradigm.

    I posted my comments to the commissioners at http://mauriceatkinson.com/newsrelease.aspx

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