|A Brown media event consists of reading a statement|
and then walking out, with armed guards to protect him.
Control freaks may do quite well in corporate America. But in government, they are called totalitarians.
I have obtained copies of Barron's emails, and they are published below, in two separate posts.
The Online Fraud Link
The first email makes workers aware of a new online fraud reporting tool, Employees can remain anonymous. This protects them from repercussions against whistle blowers. These tools are common in local government, and exist in numerous Pennsylvania counties. This email and the online fraud link were entirely appropriate and well within Barron's role as Controller.
Aside from Barron's own time, no taxpayer resources were used.
Barron received this email from the County's IT person, Al Jordan, who actually works for Xerox and not the County.
Mr. Barron,To date, neither Brown nor Allen has responded to a telephone call from Barron, asking them to explain what authority they have to interfere with the business of an independently elected official.
At the request of the administration the link has been removed from the web page. If you wish to discuss this matter please contact Cathy Allen or John Brown.
Barron's Friday Mass Email
Barron's second email to the workforce appears to be the result of the link removal. He assures workers that the online reporting tool still works, though it was removed from his web page. Then he goes on to discuss a personnel matter. In fact, it's the same one I discussed here on Friday. That's fine on a blog, but likely has no place in a Controller's email.
Barron also repeats his argument that OT is less frequent when positions are fully staffed. This matter was the subject of an audit, and relates directly to his function as Controller.
Brown blocked this email. In fact, Barron apparently can no longer use the county email to contact anyone other than employees within his own office.
Mr. Barron,Brown's actions were improper. There is no question that, in removing the fraud link, Brown interfered with the actions of an independently elected official. He actively interfered in the Controller's job duties. As for the second email , Barron did get involved in matters unrelated to his function, Nevertheless, Brown has no right to interfere with an independently elected office.
At the request of the administration you access to send email to distribution groups outside of your office is being removed.
Albert B. Jordan Jr.
Americas Local Government
Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc.
If this is countenanced, it is only a matter of time before he begins to interfere with the District Attorney and the Courts.
I won't speak for the business world, but government operates best when it's transparent. You don't have that when you block communications by independently elected officials, or post armed guards outside of what you call media events. Over the years, I have at times been highly critical of Barron. But he is the Controller, not me or Brown. He has the right to run his office as he sees fit.
Brown has abused his power. .
As our own legislature has stated, "[S]ecrecy in public affairs undermines the faith of the public in government and the public's effectiveness in fulfilling its role in a democratic society."
I have posted the link to the online fraud reporting tool on my left sidebar.