The Plot Thickens

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Ah, to live in Macon.

Tempers flared in Macon City Hall after Mayor Jack Ellis told council members Monday that he’s calling for an investigation into alleged wrongdoing by staffers in his office – and that he will not discuss folding the city police department into the county sheriff’s office.

Ellis said he was upset by allegations that his staff had asked the police department to dig up dirt on council members.

“I am troubled by it and I am concerned about it,” he told the council’s Public Safety Committee. “To that end, I am directing the police chief to conduct an investigation, and I want the chips to fall where they may. … We don’t do those kinds of things. We’re never going to do it.”

Ellis said if he’s proven wrong, “I want to know about it so that proper action can be taken.”

Councilwoman Elaine Lucas called the mayor’s remarks “laughable,” which prompted committee Chairman Charles Dudley’s gavel.

“You’re talking about the fox guarding the hen house,” Lucas said later. “It’s almost laughable to assume that people are so stupid that they would fall for this garbage.”

Councilman Rick Hutto said Ellis should have launched an investigation two months ago, when Hutto says he first discussed the matter with the mayor’s office.

At a news conference last week, Hutto, Lucas and Councilman Henry Ficklin accused Ellis of of initiating a slander campaign against them and Dudley.

Also at Monday’s meeting, Ellis said he favors consolidation of the city and county governments but that the top law enforcement official should be appointed – as are chiefs of police – and not elected like county sheriffs.

So, the mayor wants control of the police under him and yet he cannot control the people already working under him? No, that’s not quite right. The Mayor is in charge. Blame resides with the one in charge.

It’s time for Mayor Ellis to go. Unfortunately, he won’t do so until a black voice comes forward to endorse the recall effort. That time is fast approaching, I think.

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  • Here’s some more icing to put on the proverbial “C.Jack” cake. He used money from a federal grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, which was strictly for renovations at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport (terminal, upgrading to CATIII, etc.), to help meet the city employees payroll a few months back. The FAA is aware of this, and is currently awaiting for that money to be re-paid *back* to the FAA. Translation – the feds want the money paid back now, so that money will *not* be used for the airport.

    ASA, a regional-commuter airline owned by Delta, has a maintenance hub at the Macon airport, and has had to cut their flights in and out of Macon because the airport is *not* a CATIII; it is only a CATIV; basically meaning that the airport cannot meet the security standards and ILS procedures set forth by the government. They may have not had to cut the flights *if* the grant money would have went toward the aiport meeting CATIII certification.

    The people of Macon have spoken – they not only put C.Jack Ellis in office, but then they re-elected him! 100% proof that not everyone has the logic and common sense to use their right to vote wisely.

    I hope we can all get this mess cleaned up. Macon has tons of potential, but needs a change of guard before it can even begin to get on the road to being all it can be.

  • The sad thing if you take a look at the recallellis.com web site is the amount of sillyness that is going on with the group that supports it. If they try again they won’t have any credibility because of the trivial crap they cloud their purpose with.

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