Fulton employee union: Fire county manager

The union representing Fulton County employees has asked the Board of Commissioners to fire County Manager Dwight Ferrell.

Greg Fann, executive director of the employees’ union, told commissioners Wednesday that Ferrell does not respect county workers. It’s the second consecutive meeting Fann has asked commissioners to fire the county manager.

Fann said employees do not respect Ferrell, who he says has ignored employee concerns and recently failed to attend a meeting called to discuss those concerns. In a recent employee newsletter, Ferrell said he does care about employees but, because of a busy schedule, can’t address every concern as quickly as some of his critics would like.

Commission Chairman John Eaves has defended Ferrell, who’s been on the job less than a year. Eaves has cited several accomplishments, including a recent plan to reopen some county libraries on Fridays. Ferrell also proposed – and commissioners approved – an administrative reorganization he says will save the county millions of dollars.

In his statement to employees, Ferrell pledged to find more ways to “ensure that our employees know that they are valued, appreciated and that their county manager cares.”