I’ve lived in Fulton County since December 2005. First living in Atlanta, last month I moved to East Point. For the most part, I enjoy living in Fulton County. I have easy access to the city, I ride MARTA often, and given that I rent and don’t have children, the cost of living isn’t all that horrible.
Then there are times I want to put my head down a cry… Darlene Dukes died because of the ineffective mess that is known as Fulton County government.
Gina Conteh survived nearly 12 years handling emergency calls despite a personnel record that includes fights with co-workers, chronic tardiness, insubordination, repeated sleeping on the job and numerous mistakes routing emergency calls.
She was fired last week after a mistake that delayed an ambulance for nearly an hour to a Johns Creek woman who died.
This incompetent employee of the citizens of Fulton County somehow confused southwest Atlanta with north Fulton County… it took 25 minutes for ANOTHER person to realize this mistake… then ANOTHER 20 minutes before they realized, duh, we sent police and firemen but forgot about an ambulance.
Rep. Mark Burkhalther, R-Johns Creek, has risen to the powerful speaker pro tem post as one of the most vocal critics of Fulton government. He said the mistakes made by Conteh and the death of Dukes adds to the drive to split Fulton into two counties.
“It’s well known that Fulton County is quick to hire, rarely disciplines and perpetuates an inefficient government,” said Burkhalter. “Probably the best description of Fulton County: a bloated jobs program. …Every day Fulton government wakes up and attempts to go to work it is evident that we need to restructure.”
Maybe the most expected part of this article:
Neither Fulton County Manager Zachary Williams or personnel director Paris Brown would comment for this story.
And what about this genius that let a woman die:
Her file includes several evaluations that applaud her knowledge of the system, her attitude toward co-workers and ability to properly handle calls. In 1998, her supervisor wrote, “Gina works well with her fellow employees… Gina is a very good employee.” In 2005, she was commended twice for perfect attendance.
At the same time, her record shows at least seven suspensions for everything from fighting with co-workers to sleeping on the job to failing to follow procedures. She routinely complained supervisors are picking on her.
In April 2003, Conteh was suspended for falling asleep at her desk so deeply that she tumbled from behind her console and scraped her left ear as she fell. Conteh explained she was leaning over to pick up paper when she fell, according to the file.
She filed a worker’s compensation report on her injury. Her superiors did not buy her story.
She also had several screaming matches with co-workers and had to be sent to anger management classes as recently as last year.
She had numerous incidents of mishandling calls, beginning with a string of six errors from December 2006 to January 2008 that resulted in a three-day suspension.
And Conteh was twice spared from being fired. The first time was in April 2004, when she again fell asleep at her desk.
After an appeal, she kept her job, but was moved from a morning shift to an afternoon shift, records show. Another attempt to fire her a year later fizzled.
Conteh has the right to appeal this most recent firing.
Seriously? She has the right to appeal this most recent firing? She ought to be on trial.
From the Fulton County web site:
The Fulton County Board of Commissioners meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. Meetings take place in Assembly Hall of the Fulton County Government Center, 141 Pryor Street, SW, Atlanta.
So that would be next Wednesday, the 20th… I’ll be there, asking questions.