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Pender Co. Commissioner Brown: 'Health Board is on the right track'

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- The Pender County Health Department seems to be having a tough time getting things together. WWAY sat down with County Commissioner and Health Board member George Brown to discuss the controversy surrounding county employee Shirley Steele and other issues.

After the personnel file of Steele was released, it seemed to shine her in a very negative light. Brown says Steele did nothing wrong and the information released was inaccurate.

“There were things that were put in the personnel file that may not actually be true,” said Brown.

As a nursing supervisor last year for the Pender County Health Department, Steele was suspended without pay and written up after reportedly not following protocol with a patient.

“The fact of the matter is, she did nothing wrong,” said Brown.

Since then she has been compensated for her suspension time and reassigned to Bioterrorism and Natural Disasters.

Brown says Steele was wrongly accused and had followed protocol.

“It did not matter to me who the employee was or who the individual is,” said Brown. “If someone comes after them without facts and is going to falsely accuse them of something or try to take pay away from them, or try to demote them, then I’m going to stand up for that individual.”

The Steele controversy isn't the only issue within the Health Department. Five board members recently resigned and many of them sighted Brown as their reason for leaving.

“They had their opportunity,” said Brown. “They messed things up. All I hear are complaining, sad sacks, and these folks just trying to make it impossible for us. Bottom line, we're in the best position we've been in a long time.”

It’s also been nearly a year since the board has had a permanent health director, but Brown says they are moving forward in finding a candidate.

“I cannot wait until we get a health director in here that can actually do their job and take care of the business that the health department needs to take care of,” said Brown.

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Nice to know

Mr.Brown's opinion of Pender County taxpayers and volunteers who have the temerity to disagree with him.

"Five board members recently resigned and many of them sighted Brown as their reason for leaving.

“They had their opportunity,” said Brown. “They messed things up. All I hear are complaining, sad sacks, and these folks just trying to make it impossible for us. Bottom line, we're in the best position we've been in a long time.”"

Let's remember this come voting time.

Shirley steele

How amazing that George Brown can lie so easily. Practice indeed makes perfect. He may seem to be getting his way but he really isn't fooling those who can think and he will still have to answer for his deeds, if not in this life then the next. Many know the WHAT'S of this sad story but the question is still out there as to WHY George is willing to scale the highest mountain, swim the deepest seas and cross the longest ocean...oh well...they do say that IT does make the world go around!

Hardly, George

So, by Brown’s explanation, two highly experienced, highly educated, and well respected health directors with many years spent in Public Health ALONG WITH the NC State Board of Nursing, write letters to reprimand this woman for egregious activities for what? No reason? They made it up? The Board of Health (at that time was comprised of medical professionals rather than public members and a commissioner) that investigated the incident and heard all sides to the story, denied her appeal, for what? No reason?

Yeah, Right……

THIS HAS GOTTEN...

This whole thing has grown beyond ridiculous. Brown has become nothing more than a big bully who has turned our county upside down. It is completely obvious that Brown and Steele are tied pretty tightly together. Brown has now alledged that everyone in NC has it out for poor little Shirley and they have all lied about her too! Brown and Steele obviously have an agenda that has cost this county dearly. It is comforting to know that our state representatives are content with allowing this childish behavior to rule the day. Where is Carolyn Justice in all this? Better yet, where are the other commissioners in all of this? If Brown can hold this much sway then why do we have the need for any other commissioners? They certainly aren't willing to stand up against Brown for any reason. Enjoy it while you can gentleman. You have allowed the complete destruction of our county infrastructure in order to appease a big bully and his girlfriend..2014 will get here and you will be held accountable.

LOL

from the front page he looks like the most interesting man in the world.

WHATEVER!

So did the NC State Board of Nursing make up their charges as well? Is everyone simply after this poor woman? Is everyone else wrong and Brown/Steele are right? Whatever.....

Mr. Brown's comment

“The fact of the matter is, she did nothing wrong,” said Brown.

Shirley Steele has been placed on a podium by George Brown and will now be his go to at the Health Dept. This has been their plan for over a year.

It is on record that Shirley Steele did something wrong. She lied to the press about drug use by Health Dept employees which is on record and Ms Steele falsified medical documents to cover up her needle stick incident which is on record. Just like George Brown, Shirley Steele is a liar and she is dangerous. Her only goal is about her. Not Public Health.

I’m amazed how the local press has allowed George Brown and the Pender County Administration to run the show by creating this incorrect news of Ms Steele. I guess it’s all about filling time and space and not about the truth.

County Attorney Trey Thurman lied to the press and to the public about how Ms Steele’s case was settled with the County. The truth on how this was handled by Pender County sits in Raleigh. A simple phone call or FOIA request will verify this.

George Brown has not only bullied the Health Dept employees, but he has bullied the other County Commissioners. Pender Government is definitely not a democratic process anymore. Mr. Brown has become a just as dangerous to Pender County as dictators Chavez or Ahmadinejad have become to the world. Look at the list of employees who have been fired or walked out on their own accord in the past year. It’s long.

Why has the press not interviewed Jimmy Tate or Chester Ward about any of these events? Is it because these Commissioners have been told by George Brown that only he can talk to the press? Are they scared?

Why has the press not interviewed any of the employees who have been recently let go or walked away from the Health Department. Mr. Brown has mowed these folks down with his fire power and covered their bodies with dirt. Is it not about the truth?

The truth is not George Brown or anything that comes out of his mouth. George Brown is a mouthpiece with his own agenda and he will get caught. And I’m sure it won’t be by the local press. It will be by citizens who are fed up with his game and are determined to put a halt to it.

No interviews please!