'It's embarrassing': Warner Robins community voices concerns over city employees
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- Warner Robins community members took time during Monday's city council meeting to voice their concerns about multiple incidents with Warner Robins employees that have happened over the last two months.
“It’s uneasy and it's embarrassing that things are going on," said resident Rita Simon.
Simon said she's gotten calls from surrounding cities about the things that are going on right where she lives.
"What we need to deal with is the truth. And the truth is that there are unfortunate situations which should not occur, and we cannot tolerate those kind of incidences in the city of Warner Robins. But at the same time you have to give people the benefit of sorting out the facts before any final disposition is made," said Warner Robins mayor Randy Toms.
On Friday august 17, Warner Robins police asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to look into threatening statements that Gary Lee, director of the Warner Robins Regional Development Authority, allegedly made toward fellow city employee Sheryl Frazier, CEO of the Warner Robins Housing Authority. Lee made the threats during an August 13 city director's meeting, a GBI release says.
According to Mandy Stella with the mayor's office, there was also an investigation into a Warner Robins firefighter. Stella confirmed that he was suspended for ten days and has since returned to work.
Another incident involves a now former Warner Robins city employee - Warren Scott Hicks - who allegedly engaged in a lewd act on a video that later surfaced.
“A week ago we had another situation where a city worker put another young lady at risk," said president of the Houston County NAACP Rutha Jackson about the video.
Hicks later resigned, and the city of Warner Robins government posted to its Facebook page on August 1, that "we are aware there is an inappropriate video on fb that involved a city employee. Please know the matter is not being taken lightly and the employee no longer works for the city of Warner Robins."
City council member Mike Davis said they took these jobs and they have to deal with the good and the bad.
“There’s always going to be people that are satisfied with us, there’s always going to be people that aren’t satisfied with us. We took this job and we have to deal with both sides of it," said Davis.
WGXA has reached out to the Warner Robins Fire Department for comment and is waiting to hear back.