Tim Lee too cozy with Cobb Chamber
January 18, 2013 12:17 AM | 1198 views | 6 6 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The MDJ “Around Town” column on Saturday, January 12th, discussed the controversial IMAGE certification issue that the Cobb Commission is now leaning towards implementing. It is my opinion that in the long run the IMAGE program will ultimately become extremely beneficial to Cobb County.

The AT column also mentioned that Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee was unenthusiastic about supporting the new IMAGE law because he had close ties to the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and he worried that it might be anti-business. Hopefully, Lee’s eventual decision will be decided independent of any pressure from the Chamber.

However, what does concern me is that since Lee took office a couple of years ago he has demonstrated that he often leans toward the issues that the Chamber of Commerce favors and seeks out its approval. Mr. Lee is an amiable person and is allowed to lead and vote any way that he desires, as long as he doesn’t break any laws.

However, I’m confident that he can try harder and do better. Rather than trying to please and be so cozy with the Chamber all the time, I honestly believe that our county would be better off and could accomplish more if Lee was more of an independent, self confident, free-thinking decision maker. His close attachment and open partiality to the Chamber only serves to raise several questions about where his loyalty belongs and causes many to wonder who’s actually controlling or governing our county.

Under no circumstances should it be the mission, or even the perception of one, that the Cobb Chamber can regulate, strongly influence or control Cobb’s business. There needs to be a large transparent space between the goals of the Chamber and the operations of the county government. Right now relationships appear way too close for comfort.

Joe O’Connor


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Forget it Tim
January 22, 2013

2013 budget is smaller than 2011 and several prior years. 2011, 2007, 2006, 2008

Fewer Cobb County Employees today than in past years.

Teachers working larger class sizes that ever.

Teachers have fewer working days that ever before.

And Tim, a 42% increase to the Law Library? Who is this paying off. No department deserves a 42% increase in these times. (don't matter how much food they give you or how good looking she was Tim.

Last I looked Tim worked for me and the other residents. Yes he has his vote and that is all. We need to hold these clowns accountable and really need to vote on any pay increase and major increase in budgets. >8%

Certainly cannot expect the General Assembly to do the right thing.

I have sent Tim several e-mails regarding the proposed budget and not a word back.

And for all of you that were receiving the 404 file not found error when trying to see the prior budget info., that has been changed and they available. Ironic the budgets pdf's got moved to a different location. This all smells.

Kennesaw resident
January 18, 2013
Agree with the writer. Lee doesn't get much $$ from the resident/voters. The Chamber is in charge and we should have opened our eyes and paid attention before the election. We didn't and now we have to wait for the next election.
January 18, 2013
A close relationship between the County and the Chamber is necessary in order to encourage economic development.


At some point that relationship becomes an unhealthy situation when the elected leaders, in this case Tim Lee, seems to take his cues from the Chamber leadership.

Not just occassionally, but virtually all of the time and verbatim. he is the epitomy of a puppet.

That is not what we expect or deserve from our elected officials.

Lee needs to show some leadership and independent thought.
casual observer
January 18, 2013
Looks like Bob Ott is continuing his puppet master act in 2013. Thea Powell's show with the Development Board and now this letter from Joe O'Connor.
Pat H
January 18, 2013
Sam may have appeared to be his own man to you, but set up the Chamber to believe they control the Chairman.

Voters really missed the mark when they did not vote for Mike Boyce. Although the voters outnumber the Chamber and employees, they somehow managed to pull off the election for their puppet.

We need true representatives of the taxpayers and citizens of Cobb as Commissioners and Chairman.
January 18, 2013
Absolutely right Joe. We've seen this for years, but at least Sam appeared to be his own man, while Tim rarely speaks anything that doesn't seem scripted by the chamber players.
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