You’re looking at him. Me.12 January 2011 who had the temerity to come to invite the Commission to a meeting, Ashley Paulk remarked:
“We have received veiled threats.”Well, I guess he should know about veiled threats. Maybe the best part, though, was, after attacking Dr. Noll for his opinions, his associates, his column in the newspaper, his nationality, etc., Ashley Paulk remarked:
“I have email here where some of your cohorts, they attack personalities.”So I guess that’s OK if you’re the Chairman? 28 June 2011 when Ashley Paulk proceeded to accuse the Humane Society:
…the Humane Society provided two county employees with undercover cameras as a gratuity.Even ones used by citizens to record activities of tax-paid public officials engaged in their duties?
So what did he want?
If I don’t get those cameras back and the gratuity I’m going to pursue it through the Sheriff’s office.As that point he couldn’t find anything in the copious documentation of animal shelter abuses to send to the sheriff, but he could threaten criminal legal action against people trying to video such abuses.
And this little gem, pointing at the VDT reporter:
Needs to be public record in the VDT.Who knew Ashley Paulk could tell the press what to do? rezoning hearings or interrogating them or threatening to sic the sheriff on them in Citizens Wishing to Be Heard, Ashley Paulk has now gotten up to haranguing citizens in work sessions, 12 September 2011. First he spoke for the Commission:
Chairman: Mr Quarterman, The County Commission wishes from this day forward that any filming be done from the media area in the back corner of the room.Then he admitted the Commission had not voted:
Chairman: Yes sir, we uh independently;Then he claimed he was the law:
Chairman: I will submit the chairman without the Commission … do not question my authority.
jsq: So the Commission has not taken a vote on that.
Chairman: Commission doesn’t have to.
jsq: Can I see that legal opinion please?
Chairman: You’re looking at it.
Do not question my authority!Well, no, I wouldn’t dream of that! I’ll let him do it himself.
“L’etat c’est Moi” (I am the state) —Louis XIV
Ashley Paulk seems to think he personally is the law and its enforcement; also he can dictate what the media report.
You know, maybe somebody should tell Ashley Paulk he’s not sheriff anymore, a County Commission meeting is not an episode of Cops, and citizens are not his prisoners in his jail.
Maybe we should even wonder how he ran his jail.