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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:

Commissioner’s Comments

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.

Respectively submitted,

Tony Zartman




#18 2013-06-06 22:32
A humane society cost a lot to build and takes large donations to operate're your research before running your mouth.

(To whoever sent this.. do you work for the county... or anywhere probably not. Do not slander the county leaders that are much more intelligent than you!) Thanks.
#17 2013-06-03 23:02
#15. It seems like there are a lot of people that want to help out the dog warden all of the a sudden. Lots of "supporters" coming out of the woodwork to defend something they probably never supported or used before. And running a humane shelter is lot more practical than you nuts actually thinking you can repeal the commissioners. Seriously people. I'm sure most of you didn't even vote in the last election. You can't complain about elected politicians when you didn't have any part in electing them
+1 #16 2013-05-27 03:04
Do you really expect ONE person to run the shelter 24/7?
#15 2013-05-27 02:57
A humane society cost a lot to build and takes large donations to operate're your research before running your mouth.
-3 #14 2013-05-27 01:21
People are always looking for something to complain about. If it's not this then it's something else. Where were all of you "supporters" when the dog shelter needed dog food or other supplies? I'm guessing no where to be found. I know of quite a few people that have tried calling the dog warden for help with dogs and can never get her to come out or get back with them. Obviously she isn't doing her job right. Maybe you guys need to work to get an actual humane society in Paulding and then volunteer and actually do some good instead of complaining about everything.
+3 #13 2013-05-25 16:14
Comment # 12 .....She worked with commissioner Tony Zartman at Dallas Lamb Foundation before it went belly up. She is also the secretary to the commissioners. Need I say more?
-6 #12 2013-05-25 00:49
If people would focus their efforts on organizing a group that would benefit the animals, themselves and the county, like a humane society, or a volunteer program to help rescue the dogs, instead of utilizing their time to slander our county leaders, then we all would have a better county in which to live. They can then put that in the news and have some positive feedback. I'm sick of hearing the "crap".
+6 #11 2013-05-24 07:32
I think its time to wake this county up and show them whos paying their wages, from the commissioners clear thru the sherrifs office. I don't like their bully tactics of shoving major changes down the counties throat without any input from the residents of this county, then when questioned about it they say their minds are made up and that's it. Guess what Pieper and Zartman our minds are made up too. IT'S TIME FOR YOU BOYS TO GO.....GOOD RIDDANCE....HIT THE ROAD...YOU BOYS ARE HISTORY....PREPARE TO DISPERSE....WE MIGHT EVEN GET A NEW SHERRIFF OUT OF THE DEAL
+4 #10 2013-05-24 04:21
We voted these clowns in and now our county is becoming a sideshow for the entire state to watch. I don't live in a country without rights and what the commissioners are attempting to do is somewhat of a dictatorship in my opinion. All of them need to resign to avoid more embarrassment and grief to our county. It's time that the fellows who believe they are in charge be shown that they only have as much power as we let them have,and that this time they have overstepped their bounds and we won't stand for it!
+2 #9 2013-05-23 19:52
Truth is Tony, you are using religion as a formal declaration of the principles on which a group, such as a political party, makes its appeal to the public. In reality, you are just a coward, who cannot admit to the fact you made a bad decision. Your best option to prevent embarrassing your entire family would be to resign. Maybe if you told the truth people could believe you. If your first excuse doesn't work just keep making excuses up til one does?