Perhaps the most awe-inspiring of all the National Parks, at least at first glance. I will never forget the first time I saw the Grand Canyon. It literally took my breath away that anything that magnificent existed. No picture will ever do it justice.
I was always very resentful of the book on Grand Canyon proprty that said the Grand Canyon was only 6,000 years old. GRRRRRRRRRRRRR. While scientists have not agreed on the exact age of the Grand Canyon, those of the fighting takes place over how many millions of years old it is. Scientists love to fight with each other.
Apparently political insanity isn’t limited to Prince William County. It appears that the lunacy has also struck the good councilmen and women of the Town of Haymarket. To encapsulate the situation, several months ago, the town attorney quit, abruptly. The council had to hire a new one. Who ended up getting hired? The very one who quit. Meanwhile, as of July 1, a new council is seated. They want no parts of the old quitter attorney so they will no longer be in need of his services. The cost to the people of Haymarket? Oh, around $30k in severance package.
Below is the letter sent to the people of Haymarket and the BAR by responsible members of the town council who are totally embarrassed by the entire situation.
Where are the ethics?
An Apology to the BAR and the Residents of Haymarket
In Haymarket’s long history, June 4, 2012 will likely go down as its lowest point since the burning of the town in 1862.
As the result of the town attorney’s abrupt resignation in March, the town council appointed an interim town attorney and issued a Request for Qualifications to all interested in assuming the office. An appointment was to be made by the new town council on July 2.
The Sheriff of Nottingham reports that today we might get a ruling on Pete Candland’s request for information on his 3 questions. An earlier report from Kipp Hanley at the News and Messenger on June 12 informed us:
In his letter to Horan, he asks three things: a formal opinion to the board stating that Jenkins’ additions regarding political consultants and vendors are not part of the county’s personnel policy and would be superseded by state code. He also asks that Collins’ termination process – which he states he began based on Horan’s previously issued opinion – be rescinded.
Finally, Candland states that if Horan doesn’t agree that Jenkins’ additions supersede state code, he would like to have a formal reason for her opinion and hints at a possible lawsuit for an “improper termination.” He also asks that she remove herself from any potential litigation given the fact that she “had determined they [amendments] were a legal action of the board.”