Lee, Hankerson giving lip service to officer shortage
January 09, 2014 11:29 PM | 3425 views | 3 3 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The well-written story by Jon Gillooly on Wednesday where Chairman Lee is quoted opining about his perception of safety in the county and feverishly attempting to marginalize the contents of Mr. Forsythe’s resignation letter really gave me pause.

I know County Manager David Hankerson to be an honorable public servant and I join with some other Cobb county residents and those of neighboring counties that respect his accomplishments. My point is, why is Chairman Lee so quick to dismiss an opposing view and say it is wrong? Citizens that have any involvement in community affairs know that current public safety resources are as stretched as the skin on a snare drum.

Given the chairman’s perception of Cobb County safety, I would sure like to escort him to Six Flags Drive and let him share that perception with the respective store managers of Family Dollar and Dollar General. I have no doubt that they would welcome the opportunity to share the reality of what it is like to stare down the gun barrel of robbers. The only good news is that no one got hurt in either of the two recent incidents.

For several years, the city of Atlanta tried to get by by only giving their police manpower shortage lip service and waiting for the genie in the bottle to appear. I suggest that Cobb County realizes exactly what our Atlanta neighbors are finding out. You are only as safe as that last patrol that just drove pass your home or business.

Michael Murphy

south Cobb

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January 10, 2014
Mr. Murphy, I agree with everything you say except, "I know County Manager David Hankerson to be an honorable public servant. the only honor he has is for Tim Lee. I don't know how long you have lived here, but I say not long enough if you think David Hankerson is honorable or a public servant, much less both. One day I will stop by your business and tell you a few stories and see if your opinion stays the same. By the way, did you know his legal name was Willie Jones until 2005?

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January 12, 2014
What a sad human being to think a name change has anything to do with the state of Public Safety in Cobb County. Your opinion of the County Manager is nothing short of laughable. Why don't you bring some facts to the table next time instead of irrelevant garbage.
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March 01, 2014
To "Say What", "Honorable" is dead on.

Cobb Superior Court File Number 05-1-7249-34, which is now sealed is a petition by then Willie David Jones, now David Hankerson was filed Aug 31, 2005. Up until that time he used the name David Hankerson, but was Willie David Jones. former County Attorney Fred Bently Jr filed it for him and Judge Conley Ingram presided. If you google the name Willie David Jones, you will see a website referring to the county manager. That site has the full court order and birth certificate. As for the state of public safety, until the name change, that is considered fraud and is against the law. If he lied about his name all these years, what else is he lying about. Seems like a public safety issue to me.
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