The City of Kinston Nepotism Policy was rewritten in the latter part of 2015 and swiftly passed through Council just a few months prior to the November election. Incumbent Sammy Aiken was a vocal opponent of the amendment to this policy which, as written, now allows family of City Council and the Mayor to be hired on at the City.
Mayor Pro Tem, Robbie Swinson, IV went with Sammy on this one, opposing the changes that came about when Council member, Wynn Whittington, questioned the rule. Whittington’s brother had applied for a couple of jobs with the City and was turned away because of his relationship to the Councilman.
One thing you don’t do as an elected official is help your family members out publicly. That’s called favoritism and Mr. Whittington blatantly did so.
The Daily News Fix was out front on this development (See HERE) and there was much debate. So much debate, in fact, that the NAACP readily opposed this form of cronyism and made it part of their line of questioning in the public forum they put on in which all the candidates were asked the question, “If you are elected to City Council will you work to repeal the Nepotism Policy amendment?” (paraphrased)
All the candidates made a public pledge to repeal the amendment once elected with the exception of, then Councilwoman, Kelly Jarman. She lost her seat on Council, coming in fifth place in the eight candidate contest. Ironically she was the top vote-getter in 2011. Her refusal to admit she was wrong and her allegiance vote with Whittington cost her that seat. See October prediction HERE
The repeal of this Amendment is on the table Monday, February 15th at the 7 PM City Council meeting at Kinston City Hall. Why would the reversal of this amendment be a problem? It should be a 4 to 1 landslide at worst.
Maybe Whittington will even concede if he shows up for the vote. He’s been MIA(absent) three(3) of the last four(4) Council meetings.
Everyone sitting on Council made a promise to their constituents to repeal the amendment except for Whittington. If this amendment is not reversed after Monday’s meeting, the consequences for this Council could be earth shattering.
Lets’s get this done people. This is a no-brainer. Next order of business should be how to move all public housing located in the City of Kinston into private sector housing, work to get residents off welfare and food stamps and onto a payroll while curbing crime in the process. That takes representation with guts and resolve. If this Council can’t handle this simple task Monday….. well, we’ll talk about that next time!