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email from former supervisor Steve Wolfe

Mr. LoBuglio,
 
I am writing to express my dismay at your participation in the fire and rescue “questionnaire” matter as reported yesterday in the Free Lance-Star.  I assume you were quoted accurately, if not then perhaps you might want to correct the record. That the people you are working with on this matter harbor ill will toward Chief Moody is not in doubt, but it is not my purpose here to pass judgment or express an opinion about the validity of those resentments because as an outsider I am not in a position to do so. Do you seriously believe however, that a document prepared by people with a grudge against the Chief, containing pejorative questions that reflect those grudges, and sent to an audience that likely harbors many of the same grudges is going to produce balanced and objective data?  Do you really believe that?  You might get one or two answers supportive of the Chief, but it goes against all common sense to believe that that the majority of responses will be anything but critical of him.  I’m hardly an expert in public opinion polls, but I do know enough about the business to know that polls can get almost any result they want depending upon the wording of the questions, and in this case I’m willing to bet that the results will largely be a self-fulfilling prophesy.
 
Your role in this matter is also unsavory because, as you are well aware, the County has a process in place, involving both paid and volunteer staff and officials to address the concerns raised in the consultant’s report you received on the issue. I share many of those concerns as a citizen, but as a government official who had a hand in fashioning that response, you would do well enough to let the process run its course and then deal with it at the appropriate time.
 
I am also dismayed by your constant blindsiding of your colleagues on the Board, which you seem to enjoy. Of course you had no legal obligation to inform your colleagues of your actions in this matter, but I find it incredible that you didn’t have the common courtesy to inform them of your leadership in an issue that has County-wide ramifications. At a minimum, you should have informed your Chairman, but instead Mr. Brooks apparently had to find about it from a newspaper reporter.  You offended Mr. Brooks two-fold, first by not informing him in his role as Chairman, but also in his role – of which you are well aware of – as the Board’s liaison to the fire and rescue services.  As a former supervisor myself, I am well aware that you had no legal obligation to inform anybody, but you did have a gentlemanly, and I would also say, ethical,  obligation to inform your colleagues of something so important.
 
Finally I am puzzled by your statement in the very last paragraph of yesterday’s article in which noted that “LoBuglio said neither Sullivan nor any members of his family, who currently volunteer in Port Royal, were involved in the questionnaire.” As you are aware, the article had a link to the questionnaire, which I downloaded to read for myself.  I have a question for you however:  Are you not familiar with the “Properties” function on a Word file?  If you right-click on a Word document’s icon, a box will pop up with a “Properties” box which you can click to get information such as file size, the date it was created, and also….the AUTHOR.  Imagine my amazement when I saw that the author of the questionnaire was none other than Pete Sullivan, just seconds after reading your statement that neither Mr. Sullivan and his family had anything to do with it!  Care to explain, Mr. LoBuglio?
 
As a private citizen I want to express my dismay with your behavior in this matter, and as a former county supervisor and board chairman, I am doubly dismayed that you cannot seem to show your colleagues the respect and basic common decency they deserve as duly elected public officials. I think you owe them, and especially Chairman Brooks,  a public apology for going behind their backs, but hey, that’s just my opinion.
 
Steve Wolfe

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