Given a little time and space, eventually, the truth prevails. We’ve seen that happen time and again. And it seems to be playing out in the case of Cape Fear Community College and its former President Ted Spring.
A couple years ago, our investigative team started raising questions about some of the spending taking place out of Spring’s office. And each time along the way, our reporters were told they were barking up the wrong tree and making a mountain out of a molehill.
And now, months removed from the process, and knee deep in legal filings among attorneys litigating a suit between Spring and his former employer, we’re starting to get a clearer picture of what actually was taking place while they told us and the public there was nothing to worry about.
Most concerning to me is that some officials working for the taxpayers admitted in their depositions that they were skirting state law and conducting the public’s business on private email. That’s a sore spot with me.
My mother used to say that what’s done in the dark usually comes to light. Maybe this can serve as a reminder for government employees and public officials everywhere that getting caught violating public records law can and does happen. And most often, that only makes matters worse.
That’s my turn. Now it’s your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Emailed comments from viewers:
I agree with that statement. There is also another saying that goes along with this. “Two wrongs don’t make a right”. I think when public officials start doing things under the covers, they normally have something to hide. Even if they don’t, it makes it appear that they do. When WECT first reported on this, I smelled smoke. I can’t say what the motive is here on the board’s side but based on what has been published so far, it appears that Mr. Spring became greedy and expected more than what his contract specified. Greed is a damning thing that usually bites you in the end and I think Mr. Spring has finally been bitten. What was his salary again? Seems like I read $200,000 per year? Who can’t live off of that? I live off of $30,000 per year and I don’t ask my employer to cover anything for my wife. Plain and simple greed.
Your comments are dead on the problems at CFCC. The employees that used private emails doing taxpayer business should resign at the least. People in our society have got to realize that taxpayer's business is public whether good or bad and the public has a right to know what is going on as they are on my payroll and I expect no less.
You and your staff have done a great job in getting a lot of the truth out. Let us hope rest of it comes.
As a mediator since 1989 who currently conducts cases for Department of the Navy and other government agencies, I've learned that each party's assertion about the "truth" is often based on perceptions not facts.
Since I haven't been a party to any ongoing problem solving process I can only conclude that this is a "he said, she said" argument.
What the public should do is wait until there has been an evidentiary process before believing any assertions by either party in the press. The opinion of an investigative reporter is never based on substantial full disclosure of all relevant facts. Any conclusion is premature and based on information provided to date, not all relevant information.
This situation is not one where time is of the essence. Let's wait until an appropriate process is conducted before drawing or predicting any outcome.
The police chief hires two guys, a Lieutenant and a Sergeant who both need to go to CFCC school for Law Enforcement because they I guess were not from NC. Or needed to brush up on NC law. At who's cost? And were ther eno one else in VA that were capable?
There was also a lawsuit against unfriendly work space in the maintenance department that the state investigated. I saw the request for interview.
I assume if you keep on looking at the changes you may find that those who were supportive of Lee were kept and those who not were let go. Just ask for a list of changes over the last two years. Ahh payback and is sweet as well as promoting those that support you.
Internal auditor to VP? Sounds like something that Spring would do. But Lee did it. I am sure there is a reason. Ask for a listing of both Con Ed proposals and see which one they implemented and then ask why Singly was bypassed for dean and mad a VP with an office right next to Dr. Lee. It was a modern day
Coup d'état perhaps supported and perhaps facilitated by the foundation. Everyone loves Mandy but there is a definable moral issue with all the title changes and people are unhappy at it being so arbitrary.