Departing safety chief wanted to spend like feds
January 09, 2014 11:55 PM | 1328 views | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Over the years I have read numerous Letters of Resignation that always contained both polite and angry statements. I would diligently try to read the meant, but unstated, message so as to assess the key realities for strong management improvement.

What I have read from Cobb Public Safety Director Jack Forsythe’s resignation letter and other statements has led me to believe that this former federal bureaucrat found that Cobb taxpayer money was not going to be thrown around like federal taxpayer money so he would not be able to do the job his way through spend, spend, spend. Thank goodness that this only took one year.

Management set the goals and the budget to accomplish them through efficient utilization of staff, “the Cobb Way.” He was hired to maintain a high performance standard and develop strategies for the future while protecting taxpayer funds. This was a job that requires work through morale building and successful strategic planning, not emergency expenditures of taxpayer funds to build a bureaucracy or fiefdom.

Our high-performing Cobb County Public Safety staff will maintain and get us where we need to be, the Cobb Way. Thank goodness that Fire Chief Sam Heaton will be in charge along with his top three division managers. And, that management will be firmly in control of monitoring taxpayer funds.

Larry Ceminsky

Cobb taxpayer

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January 10, 2014
Sam Heaton and Houser-Our high-performing Cobb County Public Safety staff-asked for the same things as Forsyth over a year ago. Those are the same people you say are so great and they agree with Forsyth!! They were also told the same things by retired Chief Billy Mull and others. Did you not read the letter, or are you paying back a blind political debt? What debt? Maybe the MDJ need to look at the taxes you pay on that lucrative business of yours in East Cobb where Sam and Tim live.
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