Exactly who is the boss at the McCoart Building in Prince William County — the members of the Board of County Supervisors or the County Executive? Unlike the Tony Danza sitcom, this actually matters. If it is our elected officials, as I believe the case to be, then these allegations against Prince William County Executive Melissa Peacor must be investigated and, if found to be true, she should be fired if she does not first resign.
Several comments already made in response to that post highlight the perils to the county regarding personnel matters and the precedents this would set in terms of potential legal actions if these allegations against Peacor prove to be true and no action is taken. Here is a sample from just the first such response.
You simply can not speak that way about your boss, especially when you’re the highest ranked employee in the county. If she gets away with it, EVERY other employee in the county will be shielded from discipline for similar remarks about [their] bosses by virtue of her example. Attorneys will simply have to depose Peacor, as the head of the county, and ask her under oath if she has made such remarks about her boss in the past – and what if any discipline she received. She has screwed herself. She can’t stay, she’s a legal liability. One thing this region has plenty of, are good employment lawyers who specialize in government sector firings. They would eat her alive – if she stays, her outburst can be referred to as PWC Employee Full Employment Rant of 2012.