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1 Mar 19
County staff stab one another in
back, take political jabs
RANTS to anonymous snail mailers not quite up to snuff on meeting even near minimal
requirements for this column to take their call for advocacy cause to heart. This is one of those
Back in late January, Rants&Raves was contacted about a county boss having a rough period
who made a total jerk of herself at work. Who better than Rants&Raves to contact, they probably
thought, since this column over the years called for disciplinary action for that chief. After telling
her staff some political boss wasn't going to push her into inking new hospital contracts, she
turned around and mislead or lied to at least one or two county commissioners, by not disclosing
for months that the county was in business with a new hospital and pretty much joined at the hip
trying to kill business at a competing hospital.
In past years, there was just cause to discipline the staff. This time around, though, that chief is
the underdog, so to speak. We're still just not feeling the lynch mob mentality to this one and
noted that in the late January Rants&Raves and do so again.
We're, too, more convinced now than even we were at the end of January, that some people,
who most certainly had a right to feel offended by the underdog on her worst day earlier this
year, ultimately, were more cruelly manipulated by heartless ones under the underdog on the
chain of command, so boldly eager to kick the underdog to the curb to be promoted. We saw
through some of the harsh emails that some pretending to care really did not give a sincere rat's
behind about the feelings of the disabled man offended by the underdog on her worst day.
If he or she cared, the anonymous professional jerk would not have included a special cover
page to the mailings to the media to make a political statement about Fay elected officials
seeking re-election, if that person sincerely were advocating on behalf of these sweet disabled
No true advocate would have done that. Only someone personally ticked off not being selected
by those officials as an interim director would have added a cover page with local political jabs
when sending out copies of the complaint.
RANTS to the anonymous professional jerk under the underdog, who violated HIPPA privacy
and confidentiality laws and trashed the rights of two sweet consumers, by obtaining a copy of
the complaint, possibly by rather suspicious means, and mailing it, illegally, to media, to make
the underdog look bad.
In trying to reach media outlets to make their underdog boss look bad, the anonymous
professional jerk breached the privacy of two sweet, disabled people, by mailing out copies of
their un redacted complaint against the underdog, without obtaining signed releases of
permission to release their names and personal contents in the complaint.
Today, Rants&Raves received disappointing written confirmation from the state advocacy group,
which helped write the complaint against the underdog, that no written releases were given for
such a mailing to us here or to any media outlets targeted.
The way we see it, those two sweet people and the lady from a state advocacy group which
helped write the complaint deserve more than just a big apology for having their privacy
Any state administrator, as well, who may have leaked a copy of the complaint to some
heartless, unprofessional under the local underdog on the Fay chain of command, needs to be
named and held accountable.
As for the two sweet disabled people who helped write the complaint against the underdog boss,
Rants&Raves most definitely cares that they were offended and rattled by the underdog boss on
a worst day. Rants&Raves has to care more, however, that a professional hovering around
watching later exploited the situation for that person's own career or hurt pride by not being
selected for the top interim job and using her government position to hurt others and breach
As the mom of a young adult with Autism, this editor can't help but feel those with disabilities
high functioning enough to be self-advocates should be expected to understand, or be helped to
understand, that sometimes people have really bad days and problems and need help.
The best thing for those two sweet disabled folks, who were understandably rattled by the
underdog on a worst day, would be to help them know that everyone has problems sometimes
and makes mistakes they regret later... and that they actually are inspirational enough to
motivate change in someone else who needs to improve.
Most importantly, they need the situation resolved so that they are fully assured that nobody
ever is going to shun them and not want to talk to them again, if they themselves have a worst
RANTS that some of the 25 or so who also signed the complaint against the underdog seem to
have genuinely forgotten what field they're working in and signed only to increase their chances
of getting the underdog's job.
1 Mar 19
29 Jan 19
County director on leave while
RANTS that some county workers are in such a tizzy
over their boss' suspension on administrative paid
leave that they conveniently forget some things.
This might not be what some of them want to hear,
Unless the boss is a chronic alcoholic already
experiencing irreversible mobility and neurological
damage, staff have to deal with reality of a boss
whose behavior was embarrassing and
inappropriate in front of customers.
County staff helped create the monster, after all, by
refusing to cooperate with county investigations in
the past, and by partying with their boss on paid
work time every single chance they got.
One even tried to stir the pot in the past by lying and
running with a bogus story that the boss was
plastered on a day the boss truly was not impaired.
So, given the past roles everyone shared in creating
this fine mess, Rants&Raves offers up sincere hope
that they stop using civilians and outsiders to do
their dirty work... and that at least one of them offers
to gas up the car and tries to talk the boss into going
for treatment. (29 Jan 19)