Conduct Unfitting Of A Professional
While it is common for professional companies to send representatives to public meetings to try to pitch
their products or services to government entities, Fayette County experienced perhaps a sad first
yesterday, when one of its own employees stood at a public meeting to pitch her qualifications for a
Lets hope it is not the start of a new trend to repeat again.
Summoned to the public meeting by someone in the back row, as a disabled vet spoke about his negative
experience calling the office for help, the employee soon made her way to the public meeting, toting
several letters of recommendation that she obtained and the county already had received on file.
While she was free, of course, to appear at the public meeting and speak on her behalf, was she really
free, in respect to privacy laws, to discuss specifics of -- or even being familiar with -- the case of the
vet, who spoke minutes earlier about his negative experience calling her office for help?
Though she was overheard later apologizing to the disabled vet for "the misunderstanding" when he
called her office for help, did she, prior to talking about him in public, obtain his permission to discuss
anything about him or his case at the open public forum? No.
Did any county solicitor present try to stop her from discussing the case in public? No.
Did the man's telling of his negative experience calling her office give the county director carte blanche
to unprofessionally disregard privacy laws to defend herself? No.
While every person there was free to stand and tell his or her own story of support, yesterday's newly
named director of the county's Veterans Affairs Office should have stayed out of the county meeting
room entirely. She had the job in the bag.
17 Oct 12