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Maybe Brunswick County Social Services board chairman Charles Warren and members of the North Carolina Social Services Commission are getting their cues from the same place.
And apparently it’s a place where no one feels input from the county’s governing elected body—Brunswick County Board of Commissioners—matters much.
Last Tuesday county commissioners voted in majority to send recommendations for Dean Walters and Sue Carroll to the commission for two vacant positions on the local DSS board.
One seat became available after board member Tina Jackson resigned in August. The other became open when Moses Stanley resigned after he accepted a job with the Superior Court office.
Last Wednesday, the state DSS commission got together to consider people for those spots. A decision was made, we found out, to put Jackson back on the board and to appoint David Grimes, an attorney from Sunset Beach.
We don’t understand why the DSS commission in Raleigh thinks it knows what’s better for the citizens here in Brunswick County than the county commissioners who were elected—and trusted—to do just that.
We also can’t comprehend why the board would give any serious consideration to Jackson coming back on, especially after she indicated she no longer wanted to be a part of the board.
We’ve tried, repeatedly, to get clear answers from the commission about why it selected Grimes and Jackson and ignored the county’s recommendations.
There was no explanation for Jackson’s reappointment, but concerning Grimes, Stephen Marston, a professor from UNC Pembroke who represents Brunswick County’s district on the commission, said Grimes was selected because he has “years of professional experience that enables him to successfully demand that those around him will focus on relevant issues.”
Marston thought it was particularly important to point out Grimes is an attorney and he “has the greatest skills to address the current conflicts that have been so greatly (and embarrassingly) publicized” in the media.
So, is the commission really looking to do what’s best for this county and the people who pay for (taxpayers) DSS services or is it more interested in squashing controversy that surrounds board meetings?
We have a suggestion. Get rid of Charles Warren, and listen to the county commissioners. We elected them for a reason.