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Bickering continues among members of the King George Board of Supervisors
By CATHY DYSON
Bickering among King George officials has gotten so bad that the chairman of the Board of Supervisors has resigned from one of his county positions because he doesn't want to deal with the stress.
Chairman Cedell Brooks Jr. said Tuesday that he'll no longer be the liaison between the board and the King George Fire and Rescue Department. He said he was tired of all the "fussing and bickering going on" and would rather let someone else handle it.
Brooks suffered a stroke in November 2010, but even before then he regularly spoke about how important it is for the board to be in accord.
"There's issues that I've never seen in 20 years. We cannot get along, and it's bad," Brooks told fellow board members. "We need to do something to get back on track."
Meanwhile, tensions simmered--again. Two supervisors clashed at Tuesday's meeting over a suggested change to the board's amendments, and a third apologized publicly for any hurt he may have caused.
That was Supervisor John LoBuglio, who recently sent out a survey to former fire and rescue volunteers, asking why they left and what it would take for them to return.
Fire and rescue workers and other supervisors bristled at questions that pertained to Chief David Moody and whether he should be fired or have his authority limited.
LoBuglio said on Tuesday that he was trying to bring more volunteers into the understaffed system. County officials will meet July 10 to discuss staff needs as part of the department's strategic plan.
LoBuglio said he'd already told Moody and other volunteer officials privately that he was sorry for any hurt he caused.
"I'm doing this now, here in front of this board, to apologize for any misunderstandings that there were," LoBuglio said.
The supervisor also said the survey didn't produce enough results to justify a report. He was hoping for at least 20 responses but got only 13.
The other issue causing dissension comes from new Supervisor Ruby Brabo. On Tuesday, she asked--at the third meeting in a row--to amend the board's bylaws to guarantee that all supervisors are treated equally and that they get written reports at the same time.
She also asked that supervisors not be allowed to unilaterally make decisions on other boards or commissions they belong to, if the action affects the county.