LETTER: Find out about city business before questioning
This letter is in response to Lisa Emerson Machione’s letter to the editor in last week’s Chronicle. I am not sure what her infatuation with Jerre Threatt is other than he is her next door neighbor.
I don’t know why anyone would want to dredge up city business that is three months old. Maybe, someone should tell her that it will make it hard for Jerre to find a job since he is telling everyone he was asked to leave his position as Assistant City Manager.
I have had the pleasure of spending some time with our new city manager, Bill Ed Cannon, and have found him to be a kind, caring person who has Clinton’s best interest at heart. He is willing to sit down and talk with citizens and listen to their concerns. He is very well educated with a degree in Civil Engineering with 25 years of experience as an engineer and over 20 years’ experience in city administration. He came highly recommended, and council voted unanimously to hire him.
In the City of Clinton, the city manager has total control of hiring and firing personnel. He has the same right to assemble his own staff as any other city manager we have had. According to Ms. Machione’s letter, Threatt was asked to leave, but the city manager never discussed with me why Jerre left. I can’t see any reason to question Mr. Cannon’s decision to make a change in personnel. He obviously didn’t see that Jerre was a necessary employee and found a way to save a lot of money for the taxpayers of Clinton. Someone with Mr. Cannon’s qualifications doesn’t need an assistant city manager.
To throw Mayor Bob McLean under the bus for not advocating for Jerre was totally uncalled for. In the State of South Carolina, it is against the law for the mayor to interfere with hiring and firing of employees. He can be removed from office by the governor.
Next time someone decisions to write a letter to the editor about what is going on in the City of Clinton, maybe they should go talk to the city manager, council members, or the mayor and get the facts before they write a letter. It appears her letter was written to try to stir things up and create controversy for our city leaders who are working tirelessly to move Clinton forward. There are a lot of great things happening in the City of Clinton. Go to some council meetings like I have done and see for yourself. Nothing positive will ever happen here if people continue to tear down our leaders.
Retired, City of Clinton, after 37 years of service