32 year old Linda Chapman worked in the Cleveland Annex Tax Office from March 2005 to October 2011. She worked there until she felt like policy changes were unfair and then she quit.
Mrs. Chapman left just a few weeks after longtime Democrat Mark McClelland retired and Republican businessman Ricky Brown was appointed to complete his unfulfilled term. Though the courthouse along with the tax office is by all accounts a better place to work in with a more positive cooperative spirit, Mrs. Chapman decided very quickly that she would quit and protest one of Brown’s ideas of how to improve the way the office served the community.
What upset Mrs. Chapman so much that she would turn in her resignation? What new idea would she be willing to pay a filing fee and several thousand dollars in election expenses to challenge? Was she offended that Brown’s methods would cause the taxpayers of Liberty County to receive fewer services or poor service?
No... Mrs. Chapman was offended at the suggestion that employees try and avoid missing work at the first and last of the month. Ricky Brown knew the community tended to come into the tax office more at the first and the last of the month and he simply asked employees to be mindful and to consider the customers and fellow workers when making decisions.
Brown never said come to work no matter what. He told employees to be mindful and respectful of each other and the community and if they have a choice, try to make it to work those days.
Ricky Brown has been part of a revitalization of the courthouse’s public image and its cooperative spirit. He has made positive changes for the employees, and at the same time he has been an example of how a public servant should always be mindful of working to make things better for the community. His race with Mrs. Chapman is a classic Republican vs Democrat race. The Democrat thinking the “position” taxpayers were paying her to fill had certain unspoken privileges and that she should not even consider being inconvenienced – after all she has rights. And the Republican working to make things better for everyone.
We urge voters to tell their friends to vote for Ricky Brown. We also urge Mrs. Chapman to always be self employed so any inconvenience she aims at her customers effects her performance and not everyone else. She was asked to be considerate and it resulted in her quitting. How could we expect her to work and sacrifice on our behalf if she were elected. The answer is simple. She has already showed us she wouldn’t.