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Mom upset about City’s hiring decision

Published 11:35am Saturday, August 18, 2012

To the Editor:

Citizens of Franklin, I have been silent too long.

After I saw the two positions advertised in the Sunday, Aug. 12, issue of The Tidewater News for a network systems administrator with benefits and an information technology specialist, I couldn’t hold my peace.

The City of Franklin had a capable young man, Cedric Pollard, doing the work of both positions for three years as an independent contractor and all he asked for was to be made permanent with benefits.

But “it’s not in the budget” to hire you permanently with benefits, they say.

Can I get some help, a part-time person, he asks.

They do for a few months, but then “it’s not in the budget” to keep him any longer.

Cedric had to work on his “days off.” Even from his sick bed, he took care of the City of Franklin. His phone rang non-stop. Can a person be sick in peace?

To add insult to injury, a financial director is hired to not only be the finance director, but to supervise him. What kind of IT skills does a finance director have to “supervise” an IT person?

I’m not saying these things because he’s my son, but I have had people who work for the city come up to me in the marketplace and ask about Cedric and to convey how they miss him and wish he was still there because they have been having problems with their computers since he left.

I’m just saying, how come it wasn’t “in the budget” four months ago to offer Cedric a full-time position with benefits, but now somehow you can find it in your budget to hire a full-time network and systems administrator with benefits and an information technology specialist.

I’m just saying! God bless the City of Franklin.

Thelma Pollard
Franklin

  • Flowergirl

    Well Thelma. It is sad that the local politics can try and destroy a person’s livelihood. I have found that Franklin and Southampton County HR people do not value education and the hard work people have to go through to achieve success. It’s really ignorance for the most part. An employee can do their best and never complain but because they do not play the game sometimes they do not “fit”. I had a “so-called” administrator tell me after I got my M.Ed. that he didn’t know why because “all these people getting degrees around here will not be able to use them”. That was a bold statement to me considering it cost me $30,000.00. The hand-writing was on the wall for me and it showed me a jealous and envious side of that administrator. Your son will be blessed with something better. But you can best believe that a friend of a friend will be hired for his job. But that’s okay. His next place of employment he will be recognized for his hard work. All this area want to see and talk about is people that sit at home and depend on welfare.

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  • handkusp45

    I haven’t heard anyone question whether this person was doing a good job. Most employees who are outstanding don’t get let go. Or was something going on that hasn’t been discussed here. Just saying…

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    • mileomore

      BINGO! Great thought… and, sorry, but therein lies the real problem!

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  • SandMan

    @ Blackwater Pete…..Maybe we should have the TN check into that Dispatcher who, after having to resign from FPD (doing a good job), being blackballed from gaining employment w/ IoW by the same City Councilman (friend of former Sheriff) who made the initial complaint.
    YOU ASKED………………???

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    • blackwaterpete

      Good point!

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      • SandMan

        She shouldn’t be hard to contact, at all. Her picture is in the TN “Tiny Tot Contest”.

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    • blackwaterpete

      Hey I am all for it. Get down and dirt and shake the tree and find out who falls out.

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  • blackwaterpete

    You know this is not the first time Franklin has pulled this kind of crap! And knowng Franklin it wont be the last time either. Franklin has issues that need to addressed and addressed hard. Look back at the email that was sent from a computer on city time about the old sheriff of IOW. Many people I have taled to wanting city jobs have been led down the rosey path just to lose out to someone close on the inside. Also all the red tape to go through just to get a business going in franklin. All the hold up of just simple paper work. I had a new business owner in franklin talk to me recently and he was telling me of all the run a round he got just to open a store in our city. I told him flat out “Welcome to Franklin” He responed back that “You are not the first one to tell me that” Nuff said. Sorry about Cedric

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  • Typhoon

    Then the Finance Director and City Manager should speak up if they over road the HR Director.

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  • 2fishy

    was it fleming or martin?

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  • RWH

    Good for you Mrs. Pollard for speaking up. On the surface it sounds as though your son was a hard working and dedicated employee and deserved to be treated as one, but was not. Hope he has a speedy recovery from his illness and finds a better place of employment who appreciates your sons ability.

    Tell your son to keep his head high and reach higher!

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  • SlimPickens

    You watch and see, Franklin will hire “a Buddy of someone” and when it’s all said and done, they will have added the position, filled it with a friend of someones that is unable to do the job, then hire another contractor to do the job for them. Typical politics.

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  • Dakota01

    they had to hire a friend of someone

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  • employee2

    I enjoyed my interactions with Cedric & hope he is doing well.

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  • Typhoon

    Okay H.R. Director what is the answer too this situation?

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    • cpollard

      FYI the HR Director had nothing to do with this decision. It was the work of the new Finance Director and the City Manager.

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