This is in response to Rex Waddington’s false and outlandish charge of squandering $82,000 for exercise equipment for use by the Sheriff’s …
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This is in response to Rex Waddington’s false and outlandish
charge of squandering $82,000 for exercise equipment for use by the
Sheriff’s office, and then calling for my resignation for such an
expense. Please know that I thought long and hard about even
responding to this allegation, but I realize I have been silent far
If Mr. Waddington had spent just a few minutes to check his
facts, I do not believe he would have written his letter. What I do
believe is that Mr. Waddington allowed himself to be used by the
“whisperers” who have their own personal agenda to advance. There
is a small, but very vocal group of “whisperers” in this county who
don’t care about the truth or the facts. Their goal is to make
themselves look good by making others look bad.
Let me be real clear about the cost of the exercise equipment.
Not one penny of county funds was spent for this purpose, and the
“whisperers” were well aware of this. As to the actual exercise
equipment — we have two weight lifting machines, a tread mill,
exercise bike, free weights and a punching bag. The suggested
retail value of all of the equipment when new would be less than
This is how the equipment was obtained: one weight machine was
donated by the Elizabeth Police Department, the exercise bike was
donated by a friend of a deputy, and the punching bag was donated
by another deputy. The weight machine, tread mill and free weights
were obtained by contacting people that had posted their equipment
on Craigslist, and asking them if they would consider donating
their equipment to the Sheriff’s office, which they graciously did.
Yes, Mr. Waddington, all of the exercise equipment was free, thanks
to the generosity of the donators.
My personal vehicle, gas and time were used to pick up the
equipment, so even that is not an issue.
Let me address the county’s procedure for paying bills. Any
expenditure the sheriff’s office makes is submitted to the office
of the BOCC for payment. Commissioner John Metli reviews every dime
that I spend. Why, Commissioner Metli can even tell you how much
breakfast cost for one of my lieutenants who was out of state for
training, (But that is another story). State law requires that any
expenditure of more than $5,000 must be advertised and sealed bids
must be submitted before purchasing. The “whisperers” on the BOCC
know that these expenditures did not occur. If Mr. Waddington
bothered to check his facts, he would know these bills did not
I do agree with Mr. Waddington that the county should hire an
administrator to monitor the budget because the job that has been
done thus far is abysmal. As of Dec. 31, according to the figures
submitted to the state, this county will have approximately $1,300
in its emergency fund to handle any county emergency. However, the
“oversight committee” that has stepped forward and begged for the
job is less than adequate.
Finally, I invite Mr. Waddington, or any other concerned citizen
to visit the sheriff’s office and inspect our new facility and
check out the exercise equipment and the all the other “luxuries”
that I supposedly have. My budget is open for review. This has been
an open offer since I have been in office, but not surprisingly, no
one has ever come. I guess it is just easier to make stuff up
rather than know the facts.
Mr. Waddington’s letter was an outright and deliberate lie to
attack me personally, to create division among county employees,
and to ridicule my deputies. No, Mr. Waddington, my deputies are
not hiding in the bushes eating doughnuts. They are dedicated
professionals working 24/7 to protect you and yours, and to make
Elbert County a safer place to live. I believe you owe an
— William Frangis
Elbert County sheriff
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