If you are a reader of the Hazard Herald newspaper you have undoubtedly noticed in recent editions of several troubling actions in regard to the Perry County Fiscal Court. It is obvious that an investigation is needed to determine if there is any corruption.
We have recently read of what appears to be several abuses by this county judge and his three yes-men. First, thanks to Eddie Campbell and Lloyd Engle, for making the public aware of the fact that the fiscal court was meeting unlawfully in private, out of the public view.
Next, the taxpayers are taken to the cleaners by the controversial purchase of a new Ford Raptor for the county judge. Then again the taxpayers are hit over the head with the news about the Chevrolet Tahoe for Wanda Noble at the Perry County ambulance service. Then we have to learn about the four- wheeler that was stolen from the Eagles Landing campground. How interesting! A campground that cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars without any real benefit to the county in my opinion.
Oh, but wait a minute, that’s in Judge Noble’s home district, just like the proposed sewage treatment plant and the water plant at Buckhorn. No big surprise!
I have written before of how Judge Noble’s propaganda machine goes in to gear when they think he is in trouble. The recent letter from “county employee” Lee Hillman appears to confirm this. When I read the letter by Mr. Hillman in the newspaper it made me wonder if he has his head in the sand or lives on another planet.
Mr. Hillman chose to criticize Eddie Campbell and Lloyd Engle for standing up to the Perry County Fiscal Court and simply asking for accountability. But that is to be expected from a person who said in his letter that he works for Judge Noble.
I would rather think Mr. Hillman works for the Perry County Fiscal Court and the taxpayers, not Judge Noble. But that’s how it seems to work under the current administration.
Judge Noble and the courts he has presided over have a dismal record on economic development in Perry County. We have lost hundreds of coal jobs in Perry County and we are sitting here with an industrial park that is virtually empty.
Eddie Campbell and Lloyd Engle are to be commended for bringing to light possible abuses by the current fiscal court. However, we did find out at the last court meeting why Judge Noble needs the Perry County police force that Senator Brandon Smith has helped fund. It’s appears he uses them to escort taxpayers who disagree with him out of the courtroom as is the case with Eddie Campbell and Lloyd Engle.
In a recent letter to the editor of the Hazard Herald, Eddie Campbell and Lloyd Engle called on Sen. Brandon Smith and Rep. Fitz Steele to initiate legislation to prevent such appointments of county employees to county boards such as the Perry County Ambulance Authority. Don’t hold your breath, they are in the cozy nest with Judge Noble and will not rock the boat.
With all the information that has become public knowledge the time is right to call for a full investigation of the Perry County Fiscal Court and the Perry County ambulance service. It should have happened long ago.