I’m Just Saying.

I am not going to write a big article on this. You need to. You the readers, the Hall County voters, the Hall County employees, the Hall County Deputies. This is what is going on in your face. What the hell do you think is going on behind your back????



  35 comments for “I’m Just Saying.

  1. Concerned citizen
    September 19, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I would title this piece: Steve Cronic, Where In the Hell Are You??? We did not elect this guy. We elected you!

    Want to know what is going on behind your back? Ask Lt. Long what does Strickland do when fraud is found within the department. He fires a 23 year veteran for investigating without authority. Just stand by the law suits to start.

    One good thing about Col. Strickland still working as he runs is we get to see his leadership skills first hand before a single vote is wasted on this guy.

    For those of you wishing to “invest” your money in this guys campaign for Sheriff ask yourself the same question that Dale Russell ask Col. Strickland at the 5:59 point of this video about the Sheriffs office not investigating a possible rape just this past July 4th.

    Russell: “You have a daughter”
    Strickland: “I do”
    Russell: “Is this the way you would want her treated by a Police Department?”
    Strickland: “No.”


    This guy DOES NOT need to be elected Sheriff, he needs to leave the Sheriffs office now. He is creating complete havoc due to his campaigning within the department and terrifying the men and women within the department that do publicly swear to support him.

    Sheriff Cronic needs to take command of his department or go ahead and retire. We deserve better.

    Oh and there is more…

    • Concerned citizen
      September 19, 2011 at 9:45 am

      That should have read:

      “He is creating complete havoc due to his campaigning within the department and terrifying the men and women within the department that DO NOT publicly swear to support him.”

      Please correct, Truth.

  2. The Truth
    September 19, 2011 at 11:36 am

    The cat is out of the bag, Col. Strickland. FBI investigations? Evidence tampering? fraudulently receiving federal accreditation and funds? Intimidating your OWN people? This Hitler like manner of running things has got to go. You are not untouchable. I am sure that the power has gone to your head, but you are about to experience the REAL power. The POWER OF THE PEOPLE. (with a little help from the Power of the Press)

    Withdraw and resign.

  3. another concerned citizen
    September 19, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Is Melissa Bollinger a real employee or a contract employee(like the high brass at the HCSO)? Those contract employees don’t have to play by the same rules.

    • The Truth
      September 19, 2011 at 12:24 pm

      According to the open records of the Hall County employees.. She would be a “REAL” employee.
      Cronic’s assistant, I believe.


  4. The Truth
    September 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Hall County Government
    Hall County Employee Handbook & Policy Guidelines
    Approved December 11, 2008
    Section II-Page 5 of 12
    203.4.1 OVERVIEW
    Employees of the County are encouraged to exercise their right to vote, but no employee
    shall make use of County time or equipment to aid a political candidate, party or cause;
    or use a County position to influence, coerce or intimidate any person in the interest of a
    political candidate, party, or cause.

  5. Concerned citizen
    September 19, 2011 at 2:54 pm


    Have you heard is Ms. Bollinger uses her position to:

    make use of County time or equipment to aid a political candidate, party or cause; or use a County position to influence, coerce or intimidate any person in the interest of a political candidate, party, or cause.

  6. Concerned citizen
    September 19, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I have made my concern clear to the appropriate parties. I suggest anyone other concerned citizens do the same.

  7. Slipknot
    September 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    If she’s working this on her own time there is no issue. Why are some people assuming she’s doing this on County time? How about we keep our opinions in-the-bag until some facts are revealed?

    If she wants to kiss-up to her potential new boss, then let her. Of course if the winds change she could also be out. Her risk.

    In any event, no story here without further evidence of some wrongdoing. Geesh… some of you need something else to do.

    • The Truth
      September 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      The proof is out there. She has and probably still IS doing this on County time AND with County resources. It will be published here soon.

      • Slipknot
        September 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm

        Please do. Because at this point, it’s pure speculation based on personal animosity and bias. I want to see something solid and verifiable.

        Not defending the SO at all… just want actual proof without all the furrowed brows and spittle.

        • The Truth
          September 19, 2011 at 4:02 pm

          Prove she is not. Prove that the Facebook scandal isn’t real. Prove that there is no intimidation in this situation. Need I remind you of THIS :


          • Slipknot
            September 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm


            Air passing over lips and honest suspicion are not enough. Sworn affidavits, signed statements, incriminating emails, computer usage logs cross-referenced with time sheets…

            Show me something besides strong feelings and a willingness to post. If what you have won’t stand in a court of law, then it’s all bulls**t.

            Yes, maybe there is something going on, but without proof… we’re just wasting electrons.

          • The Truth
            September 19, 2011 at 4:49 pm

            Isn’t that Hall County’s job? County admin, D.A, HR department, Sheriff (ya, right).
            I have an idea.. Investigate it. The fact that her name is on the forms as a contact and she works for the Sheriff himself, is enough to open an investigation. But we all know how those investigations go.

        • another concerned citizen
          September 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm

          Do you have proof or not that Bollinger did anything wrong?

          at 3:37 pm you said

          The proof is out there. She has and probably still IS doing this on County time AND with County resources. It will be published here soon.

          at 3:51 pm on Sheriff who? you wrote

          No one is lynching, we are asking. As you well know, there will be no explanation of this. It will get brushed under the rug

          • The Truth
            September 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm

            One doesn’t contradict the other.

  8. Concerned citizen
    September 19, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    @Slipknot “just want actual proof without all the furrowed brows and spittle.”

    I think both of you want the same thing. Investigate if Strickland is or is not misusing his office at Col. for political purposes.

    To that end, pick up the phone and demand that someone look into this. Call your Commissioner to instruct the Administrator to have a transparent investigation. These rumors are coming from too many sources not to verify.

    That is not the responsibility of some guy with a computer. He has peaked your interest. Now it is your turn to do something instead of demand proof from someone you know does not have the ability to do what you are asking.

    • Slipknot
      September 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      Agreed. But just shouting “guilty!” without offering any factual basis is hurting this website’s original purpose, and will relegate it to just another opinion blog.

      • The Truth
        September 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm

        Please show me in this article where it says “guilty” ???? It looks to me like a name was highlighted on a form. This is simply information. How the reader perceives it is up to them.

        • Slipknot
          September 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm

          The wording of the article drips with the implication. What I read was “Lookie here! See what’s going on?!? Go dig ’em out boys!”.

          Maybe just my perception, but I’ll bet many others would agree.

          I DO appreciate what you’re doing here. 🙂

      • Dainty Lady
        September 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm

        It would seem that if you want to know all you have to do is an O.R.R. on all of her county computer email. Is that not right?

  9. David
    September 20, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Anyone who works for the Sheriff’s Dept. is scared to investigate. Look what happened to Lt. Long. Last I checked, a criminal investigator can look into possible criminal activity regardless if the offender is one of Strickland’s boys or not

  10. supercooper
    September 21, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Everyone is asking about the guilt of doing anything wrong here. What are we Talking? Illegal or against the rules. The Answer is: Illegal? possibly. If this lady is fielding calls, using county computers, or any other equipment on Stricklands Golf fund raiser while getting paid by the county, then yes. She’s and the Colonel are misappropriating taxpayers money which is illegal. Against the rules? Definetly!! Not only the one cited above, but more so..
    Hall County Employee Handbook and Policy Guidelines Political Activity Rule 203.4.3a and b, which states
    An employee may NOT:

    (a)=Be involved in any political activity that would constitute a conflict of interest; INCLUDING participation in ANY aspect of any local political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any political candidate for office within Hall County; including municipal and/or County Government Offices.

    (b)= knowingly solicit, accept or receive political contributions from any person, to be used in support of or in opposition to any candidate for election within Hall County, including municipal and/or County Government Offices.

    Note this does not designate the employee has to be on or off duty. It is a blanket policy of no involvement in political campaigns period. Think about it, they put these rules in place for a reason! could it be to keep anyone from breaking the law? Could just be me, but sounds reasonable.

    David, you are completly accurate. It will take the citizens of this county getting involved and doing their own investigating. If a county employee dares even challenge Colonel Strickland’s authority, they will no longer be employed or, at a minimum, they will not enjoy coming to work anymore! The County Government and it’s leaders are accountable people!! It is also purposely transparent thus everything is subject to open records. These people work for you!!

    Concerned citizen, you asked the question “where the hell is Sheriff Cronic” and the answer is; the Sheriff is right smack dab in the middle of it all. He has done an exemplary job at being a politician and convincing the public he is a great Sheriff. He has failed miserably at actually being a Sheriff. Dont get me wrong, he is generally a good man and takes no direct action against the employee’s or does no unethical acts. What he does do is; sit idly by while his command staff does all these immoral, unethical and, in some cases, illegal activity. Everyone wants proof of every statement made so i wont leave you hanging. The “other” recent fox5 story on the inmates being beaten while handcuffed and restrained at the jail is the proof. The Time’s nor Fox5 pointed out the fact it was one hour after these inmates were restrained when the Jail Captain shows up from home and decides they need an extra kick to the head. It is a federal law violation to mistreat an inmate in your care under “color of law”. Look it up on the FBI’s website under “what we investigate”. Not to mention the state laws related to battery and/or assualt. It’s only been a stroke of luck that these men who were assaulted are obviosly more interested in being criminals than contacting the NAACP or a lawyer. If they ever wake up, someone’s gonna have to write these thugs a fat check!! Does anyone really think the Sheriff’s doesn’t know this went on or that it is against federal law? If he doesn’t, the point is solidified that he isn’t much of a Sheriff. What he did do was sit back and let the Colonel do his best to cover it up. Problem is, the people who work there have had just about enough and they are starting to take action behind the scenes when they can get away with it. Why? They know whats on the horizon if the Colonel gets elected. The Sheriff has little time to take control and save his name. Colonel Strickland doesn’t need your vote for Sheriff folks, he has been the sheriff for the last two or three years and he is just trying to get the official title now. Pull a Deputy off to the side and, if you can convince him you wont cost him him his job by telling you the truth, he will confirm who’s been running the place!!!

    • The Truth
      September 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm

      Sorry for the delay. Well said sir, well said.

  11. John Smith
    September 21, 2011 at 11:41 am

    It was good to see Jeff Strickland at the Hall COunty Republican forum last night. Oh wait he didn’t show and his wife called in for him. Way to knock it out of the park.

    • The Truth
      September 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      Had the Sniffles?

  12. Dainty Lady
    September 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I went to the debate hoping to ask Strickland about this and he did not show. Is he sick?

    • The Truth
      September 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      I hope the Truth didn’t keep him from showing.

      • John Smith
        September 21, 2011 at 10:40 pm

        The crowd was told his wife called earlier in the day and said he had a previous engagement

  13. The Truth
    September 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Wow, I am impressed by the number of people who have commented on this. I guess the Times taking away the voice of the people by not allowing comments is a big deal. Thanks all for HAVING and EXPRESSING and opinion.

  14. true insider
    September 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Why not ask or better yet look into who is using county time etc. To drive around and put campaign fliers in mailboxes for Strickland. Happened after dark and on day mail doesn’t run. Must of been patrol officer with a little extra time on their hands.
    Or what about puppet Jarrard and Clark getting the extra patrol list from 911 for people out of town, then going to houses and placing card on door saying the house was checked by Col. STRICKLAND. Sounds like campaigning to me. Personally never seen his fat a.. checking anyone’s house. Only time he shows up is if there is a camera around or he needs to throw his weight around.
    Strickland has been heard saying if the people dint fear him he is not doing his job. WHAT a great role model and “leader” we have.

  15. David
    September 29, 2011 at 12:19 am

    true insider: Please clarify the statement the it must have been a patrol officer with extra time on their hands. He was not assigned to patrol, and has recently resigned (everyone was quite shocked he decided to leave) . But yes, Capt. Jarrard was going around placing Strickland’s business cards on houses on the extra patrol list. I can’t say the same about Clark, but it would not surprise me.
    Another interesting tidbit that has been floating around. I don’t have proof, but a simple phone call or O.R.R. on MIS files could confirm. Lt. Hewitt, who was in charge of security for the jail, had his access to the jails video monitoring system revoked after releasing the kicking incident.
    So far at least five people have quit in the last three weeks. Estimates of close to 70% of the certified officers have applications out with other agencies. Something is wrong with the way this department is being run. It is bad enough what the county is doing to it’s employees, but when you have to also put up with the commandless staff is doing, it is NOT worth it.

  16. jblcool
    October 15, 2011 at 3:15 am

    I would like to point out that Melissa ran most of Sheriff Cronic’s campaign events, but was never criticized for it. Also, once Jeff saw that citizens were upset with her position on his campaign staff, he decided to no longer use her services. His wife, Linda, actually ended up running the golf tournament. And it amazes me that you are criticizing him for missing one forum. He has a family, friends, church, etc. I think he’s allowed time for those things just like everyone else. I’m sure he’ll be at the next one and will answer any questions you have.

    • The Truth
      October 15, 2011 at 10:00 am

      As you point things out, let me point out that it is indeed against policy for her to do so. If at work, it is Strickland using Hall County resources to get elected.

      • jblcool
        October 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm

        I never said it wasn’t against policy. I was just saying that Sheriff Cronic was allowed to do so. But like several people have pointed out, there is no proof that Melissa conducted any campaign business during her work hours.

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