|Commissioner provides statement on decision|
|Thursday, May 23, 2013 11:41 AM|
Paulding County Commissioner Tony Zartman on Wednesday provided the Progress with a statement regarding the recent decisions about the dog warden office and the emergency management agency office:
Recent decisions by the Commissioners’ Office have certainly caused turbulence throughout the County. I would like to take the opportunity to present to you how the Commissioners’ thought process works in making controversial decisions.
It is our desire, as we serve all the residents of the county, to approach decisions with humility, seeking guidance and wisdom first and foremost from God. As situations are presented to us, we analyze and investigate all sides with an unbiased view. We always seek counsel from the Prosecuting Attorney as to our responsibility, capability and due process. Our office is primarily responsible for the fiduciary needs of the County Government. This responsibility is one in which we do not take lightly. Many of the decisions we are responsible for carry with them the burden of maintaining confidentiality. Information revealed during executive sessions or regarding personnel matters cannot and will not be released. We legally cannot release said information in order to maintain people’s privacy.
The Commissioners’ Office will always provide information regarding any decision made that does not violate an individual’s privacy. However, we have no desire to participate in tabloid journalism. We will not focus on the negativity of individuals’ actions. But instead, we recognize that changes are sometime necessary and focus on how these changes will make a positive difference. We respect all County employees and thank them for their service. We know, however, that as managers of employees, difficult decisions must be made.
The decisions made concerning the EMA operations and the Dog Warden position certainly meet all of these criteria. Part of our responsibility is making these tough decisions. We did not reach this point without much discussion, deliberation, and personal prayer. We believe these changes will better serve the residents and realize that time will be the final judge. We respect the rights of citizens to ask questions and formulate opinions. We would hope that these opinions are based on truth and not gossip.