Dottie Nash takes city council to task

Accuses council majority of trying "to get" Police Chief Debra Duncan
Jun. 04, 2013 @ 05:53 PM

At Monroe City Council's 4 p.m. planning meeting, Council member Dottie Nash read a statement addressing accusations of nepotism and other issues surrounding the council. 

In the statement, she addressed the resignation of former city manager Wayne Herron, nepotism and cronyism in the city, the current city manager hunt and actions against Police Chief Debra Duncan. 

Nash gave the statement during a council discussion about implementing the recommendations made by Anthony Fox and his team after conducting a $50,000 study into the relationship between the Monroe City Council and previous city managers. 

"Nowhere in this report did it cover cronyism or friendlism(sic). Anthony Fox, who was hired to do the report, has close ties to council members and the chair of the (board of adjustments). He has served for several years as the attorney for that board where the chair is related to 2 council members and a friend to another. Councilmembers Desio and Keziah went to his office in Charlotte to meet with him without the Mayor knowing anything about it. He was paid $50,000 to get Chief Duncan and myself," Nash said, reading from a written statement. 

Nash also chastised Council members Margaret Desio, John Ashcraft, Lynn Keziah and Freddie Gordon for not attending the CALEA accreditation exit interview or public hearing for the Monroe Police Department. 

"This is a big honor for our dept and some of you should have made the time to be there. These police officers put their lives on the line to protect you and all the citizens of Monroe. You should have been there to support your police dept. Councilwoman Desio had no problem calling the Mayor and telling him Billy Jordan should resign because he was not able to be there for the one on one interview with manager candidates. It did not matter whether he was there or not as the 3 of us have no say in the matter," Nash said, reading from her statement.

Nash also spoke about the interim city manager and gave examples of nepotism in city council.

For more coverage, council reactions and a complete copy of the statement, see the Friday print edition.