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Letter to a supervisor / October 15, 2015

(The following letter to ED#6 Supervisor Larry Giordano was submitted to Viewpoint for publication — Ed.)

Dear Mr. Giordano:

In The News & Record dated October 8, 2015, you are quoted as saying the following: “Some assumptions were made on that person’s part” in reference to the complaint I made to you in a phone conversation in September about the County Administrator, Mr. Jim Halasz, divulging specific information discussed in a closed meeting of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors. You further stated, “Whatever they assumed, they took it a step further. In my opinion, they embellished in their mind what they heard.” Will you please be specific and tell me exactly what assumptions I made and what I embellished?

When I called you with my concerns about information brought up in a closed meeting being revealed by Mr. Halasz to Mr. Chad Loftis, I gave you two specific names and one topic: Mrs. Lottie Nunn and something about insurance in Virgilina and unspecified concerns expressed by Mr. J.T. Davis. Following our initial phone call, you called Mr. Halasz and then called me back to tell me that Mr. Halasz had admitted that he shared some things he probably should not have told Chad, and you then told me that you had taken care of the problem.

I consider your latest comments an insult to my honesty and integrity, and unless you can give me specifics about how I embellished or made assumptions, I would appreciate being given a public apology. The only thing I may not have been quite clear about is who initiated the phone call between Mr. Halasz and Mr. Loftis, but that is a minor issue as both are free to call one another at any time. Our Constitution grants us free speech.

One of the oldest tricks in politicians’ play books is to deflect from the real issue at hand by attacking or creating another diversion. By attacking the whistle blower, you have tried to divert attention from the unprofessional behavior of the county administrator, an employee of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors, and thus an employee of the tax payers of this county. We all deserve better.

I look forward to reading your specific allegations concerning my assumptions and/or embellishments or to receiving your public apology.

Sincerely, J. Ross Davis

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