Did the Gainesville Times actually report that the Chairman agreed with Lutz, Gibbs and Bell? I had to go back and check the tape. After reviewing the tape, I don’t agree with the quote from the Gainesville Times; “”Even though some of us had challenges with (the transition to Connell), he has done a great job, in my opinion””.
If you notice that the Gainesville Times inserted “(the transition to Connell)” into the quote. The item came at the 29:07 mark. The actual quote was “I would like to take a moment to make everybody aware that we changed county administrators in January the 6th. And so at that time we brought Jock in as the interim. And even though some of us had challenges with it, Jock has done a great job, in my opinion. However, because of situations with Jock and his family and his drive, and everything, he has declined to submit his name for the permanent job.”
Interestingly enough, even though it was stated in the meeting, the Gainesville Times did not go on to expand as to the reasons why the interim County Administrator declined to put his name into the hat as the full time administrator. My contacts from south of the border (Gwinnett County), have informed me that Jock lives in Oconee county and is not interested in moving. They speculate that it may have to do with the loss he would have to take on his house or the fact that his aging father lives in the opposite direction from Hall County.
This is a case of where the Gainesville Times did two things to their readers: 1- they made an out of context insert into a quote, “(the transition to Connell)” and 2- they failed to report the whole story because it would have prevented people from making certain conclusions. By inserting “(the transition to Connell)”, it could imply that there were transitional issues that may have caused Mr. Connell to not want the job or make you think that the commission wasn’t delighted with his work. By omitting the reason why Mr. Connell declined the job only compounds the point. I think you can see how the poor report impacted the minions that blog against the commissioners.
The more accurate insert should have been “(the decision to hire)”; then it would have read like this: ““”Even though some of us had challenges with (the decision to hire Connell), he has done a great job, in my opinion.”” However, we know that the Gainesville Times is not in the business of reporting kudos or making pats on the back to the newbies on the commission. I guess we should just be happy that they spell the names correctly most of the time.
Hugh Hall County Akston
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