Someone sent me a copy of a flier for the Caroline County Optimist Club’s Winter Sports Festival. For those unaware, the Director of the Optimist Club is County Administrator Percy Ashcraft and the club’s President is Percy Ashcraft’s wife. Its Recording Secretary is Karen Jenkins, who is the county’s “public information officer” as well.
Now, if you look at the sponsors of this event, you might recognize some of the names:
- Jarrell Properties, Inc.
- Utility Services, Inc.
- Diversified Ambulance Billing
- Clark’s Cut II
- World View Solutions
- E.M. Gray & Son, Inc.
- Dominion Resources, Inc.
- Massey Enterprises
- Purvis Ford
- Rosner Toyota
- Virginia Sports Complex
- Computer-Telephone Technologies
- Linda Perry Taxes
Diversified Ambulance Billing? Those are the folks responsible for billing county citizens for the EMS fee program. It also turns out that they’ve fleeced county residents out of $39,000 over the last two years.
In addition, while I can’t find any connection between “Massey Enterprises” and the county, their offices are one suite over from where Diversified Ambulance Billing is located in Virginia Beach.
Clark’s Cut II is the controversial sand/gravel extraction site off of Route 17 whose approval by the Board of Supervisors has prompted legal action against the company as well as the Board (full disclosure: I supported that special exemption permit application and still do).
World View Solutions? They’re a geographic information system (GIS) provider…who just happens to be doing the county’s GIS project.
Virginia Sports Complex, who in 2009 was granted a special exemption permit to serve alcohol at their facility.
So, when does the “goodwill” from these companies become a conflict of interest (or create the appearance of a conflict of interest), especially when the group receiving the money is ran by the County Administrator and his wife?
And as a side note, is the County Administrator’s Office so pressed for work they are selling tickets to an event for a third-party, non-governmental organization? I smell some room for budget cuts there, maybe we can rededicate that money to something important, like education.
Cross-posted at Virginia Virtucon.