Last year, the city of Asheville searched high and low for a new Asheville Police Department chief to replace Chief Bill Hogan, whose tenure was tainted by a scandal involving the handling of evidence. The city hired William Anderson, who had been working as chief of the Greenville, N.C., police department.
Anderson, Asheville’s first black police chief, was hired at an annual salary of more than $134,000. He was put in charge of Asheville’s police agency and essentially handed the job of restoring trust in the agency. It’s a trust that was severely damaged by the evidence room questions, as well as Hogan’s handling of issues involving several other employees.
But the city didn’t stop there. In a year when Asheville continued to struggle with budget issues, including figuring out a way to pay for raise for public safety employees (the city ended up approving a raise for all employees) and dealing with frozen positions (such as superintendent of cultural arts), city officials hired Anderson’s wife and his son. Anderson’s wife works in the city’s downtown development office, and his son works for the city water department.
I’m working on confirming the salary numbers, but it appears that Asheville taxpayers are providing the Anderson family with a tidy living, somewhere to the tune of a quarter of a million dollars. All this information has come out over the past two weeks as details of a crash involving a car registered to Anderson dribble out.
I would really like to hear the city manager’s office justify the hirings. I’m certain that Anderson’s wife and son have job skills and talents suited to any number of jobs. The fact that all three feed at the public trough simply smacks of a city administration bending over backwards to please a chief whose judgement is questionable and whose track record should be scrutinized closely during an upcoming performance review process.
The hirings apparently don’t violate any nepotism rules. But it sure looks like a sweetheart deal for the Anderson family. In my view, it’s cronyism, plain and simple.
It is sad but funny how we finally get a Black in a position, we back slide. We finally got a Black Mayor, she was only was in it for her personal goals and gains. She even went along with a threat on my life and laughed, showing that she was truly worthless to the black community. she support keeping blacks in the community is re-meanial positions as servants for corporate heads. in town. The police chief has a lot against him, first he is black and the Caucasians under him as-well as city hall don’t intend to kept a black in that position of knowing how corrupt they are. I went to Hogan on the threat I was given by a city office worker and the actions that Mayor Belamy took and he came to me with , sometimes when the City Council wants you to stop coming up on your issues, they sometimes break the law. If you do the work that info should have touched the DA’s desk, they cover themselves well. That is why we need a change here in Asheville NC. The Mayor supported Curtis Canty we see what that lead to, too. I hope that the New Police Chief isn’t as arrogant as Mr. Canty was.
You rock on, Jason. Something smells to high heaven about this one. I only hope we can get the truth before someone else resigns or collects a fat golden parachute.
Considering Asheville’s history with law enforcement, maybe it’s time they consider a different approach. This whole ‘police department’ thing doesn’t seem to be working out.
We should call Blackwater (or whatever they changed their name to).
In the meantime, the hippies and homeless should use their “occupation” skills to organize a committee and create consensus on how to best promote public safety and order. By the time they come to any coherent policy decision, we will have retired Chief Anderson and hired a new chief. But in the interim, the debate and discussion will make everyone feel good about themselves, and that is what really matters.
I wonder if Dianty is on the city payroll too.
Dianty doesn’t exist!!!!
Police officers marched with those firefighters to city hall to demand a raise, which they deserved.
The city has a lot of financial troubles so it’s fair for the public to know how (if?) its employment positions were advertised and filled.
I don’t think there should be any resistance to that or any doubt about why it should matter. Several employees have been laid off in the past couple of years. It would be nice to know how many, and also how many postions have been left dark, eliminated and/or filled.
You have a good nose Mr. Sanford. Keep following the scent.
apparently driving shitty runs in the family:
Nepotism issues aside, why is that employees of government agencies get subjected to this kind of rhetoric when private workers almost never do? Would it be appropriate to describe you and your colleagues as “feeding at the Citizen-Times trough”?
And why is nepotism standard, expected, unremarkable practice in nearly every sector of private employment but a cardinal sin in the case of public employment? Presumably Anderson’s wife and son were hired to do specific jobs, and if they’re doing those jobs then they’re earning their salaries, not “feeding” at any trough. Whether they obtained those jobs entirely appropriately is completely separate question.
Figures!! He wasn’t highly recommended!!
Wow what a non-issue. Suspected cronyism because the whole family works for the city? Slow news day, perhaps? The family, as it appears, all work in three different segments of the city. They, I am sure, qualified for their jobs. I don’t know why, on earth, the city would have to justify this to anyone. I am pretty sure there are plenty of other families that work for the city: a teacher may be married to a fireman, a Police Officer and a librarian. My god, cronyism is everywhere! (sarcasm)