Yesterday, I told you that Northampton County Controller Steve Barron snubbed a crime victim he had previously offered to help. His damage control machine went into high gear, with personal attacks aimed at me and my readers. Even the crime victim Susan Eagle, was herself victimized again. Barron topped it all off with his own, self-serving explanation. But waiting in the wings was none other than Ms. Eagle, and she had an answer for Barron.
I read this post and felt your readers deserve some additional facts you failed to mention. The impression you leave is that I met this woman, promised results to her I could not deliver and then blew her off. This is simply not true.
My first contact with Ms. Eagle was 4/1/2011 when she provided me details to follow up on. I wanted to share my e-mail with your readers:
In a message dated 4/2/2011 8:14:29 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, SBarron@northamptoncounty.org writes:
It was great meeting you last evening. I will talk to Leigh Ann Fisher on Monday about this and see what we can resolve. No worries. While I can't promise I'll get you the money any faster at least you'll have the most accurate and up to date information.
I'll do my best and try and make sure the PO and or courts work hard to get the money to you as fast as they can.
All the Best,
Stephen J. Barron, Jr.
You will note I clearly state that I can’t promise I will get her money any faster. I did make contact with Leigh Ann Fisher as well as folks in the Northampton County Sheriff’s Department to see what could be done.
The last e-mail I received from Ms. Eagle was on 5/31/2011 and I felt I had done everything I could to put her in contact with those who could work with her.
I was not contacted again until the evening of 1/3/12 and intended to follow up after making inquiries about the status of this matter. This was immediately before the 1/5/12 Council meeting.
I sympathize with Ms. Eagle. It is a difficult situation and sadly there are far too many county residents in the same situation.
However, to say that I promised more than I could deliver or did nothing is not true at all.
Stephen J. Barron, Jr.
Northampton County Controller
I see. As reader Barron von Footinmouth aptly observes, "Jesus H! My nom de blog is apparently well earned. In the above excerpt, I provide proof that I said I'd get her the money - just not any faster - right before I promise to get her the dough as fast as possible - right before I blow her off because I'm a bullshitting idiot who just wanted a crime victim's vote."
But wait! Another person chimes in. Susan Eagle, the crime victim who Barron snubbed, tells us this (I have slightly edited her response):
I was not going to respond to Mr. Barrons message but feel at this point I have no choice, I have sent numerous emails to Mr Barron 5/5/2011 at 5:43:30 AM EST, 5/31/2011 5:47:55 AM EST and again on 1/2/2012 8:37:10 PM Not one of these emails was even acknowledged by Mr Barron. His response to me on Thursday at the council meeting was that he did'nt respond to me because he didnt have anything to tell me. Why, because he had done nothing further about the issue or because he was simply blowing me off? Quite simply, if I had recieved a response in regard to my inquiries, I would most likely not have been at the County Council meeting. If you tell a citizen you are going to do something then do it and at the very least acknowledge them when they call or email you. This is all I was asking for and this is not what I received. As for the person who thinks I should spend my own hard worked for money to go after these 2 individuals I think not. The County Court issued a judgment against these 2. It is the county's responsibilty to collect on it. I have provided a lot of information to the county on both of these individuals. It was easy to find and they should have been able to find it also, but in my opinion someone is not doing their job. For every month that either of these 2 defendants don't pay, they are telling the county "F You" and they know the county will do nothing about it and they are right.
I'm going to find out exactly how much money our Courts have failed to collect from deadbeat Defendants, and I'm going to ask the Courts to explain how this is called criminal justice. Barron can continue playing games.