It is a sad day indeed, fellow Pender County Citizens. Shirley Steele was named as the director of nursing for the health department today. It has been said for several weeks now that George Brown, Board of Commissioner Chairman, ordered the interim health director to open this position and put Steele in it. Even though Ms Parker made it known that she was not comfortable in doing this, he then told her she would do it anyway, so she did.
It has also been said for over a year now that Brown would get Steele in the health director position in order to give him control over Environmental Health permitting to benefit him and his buddies. Guess what, as the Nursing Director she can serve as deputy health director (even though she is not quaified to serve s health director by the State). Hmmm, sounds like a back door to the health director chair to me.. I expect that we will be hearing a news release about her taking the duties of deputy health director very soon.
Will it ever stop with this Pender government? The bullying that comes from the Chairman of the Commissioners needs to come to an end. What on earth are the other commissioners even there for? Several of them talk about what a bully George is and for the life of me I can't understand why they all cower to him.
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