Letters to the Editor – June 15, 2016

In support of Municipal Court Judge Dan Causey

It has been brought to my attention that Darlington’s newly installed Mayor, Gloria Hines, recently sent a letter to our Municipal Court Judge, Dan Causey, that his services would no longer be required after June 30, 2016. It is my understanding that Judge Causey has a contract with the city to remain in office until June 2017. If this is the case, is the City of Darlington going to pay Judge Causey the amount due him through the end of his contract? Is this a political move so our mayor can put one of her friends into the office? If that is the case, I think the mayor should pay Judge Causey’s wages out of her pay so the taxpayers of Darlington can use the tax money collected for other items of importance.

Perhaps it is also time to address how the employees of Darlington are hired and fired. I think it may be time to set up a citizens board to review applications of new employees for jobs such as Municipal Judge, City Manager, etc., so that the mayor and city council will have a say, but not the final say. This would alleviate any improprieties either conceived or believed.

On behalf of Judge Causey, one thing that I can attest to is he has always been fair, impartial and followed the law for all of Darlington’s citizens. One can hope that our mayor will rethink her position on this matter and follow the rules set out for everyone.

Larry Donaldson
Darlington, S.C.

Author: Duane Childers

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