Commissioner Kicinski is a loose cannon
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Various leaders of Granville County community organizations met with Creedmoor Mayor Bobby Wheeler, City Manager Gerald Smith, along with a few Creedmoor Commissioners regarding Commissioner Georgana Kicinski gross misconduct, wherein on March 3, 2021, Kicinski created a hostile working environment.
Not only did Kicinski attack a city employee by screaming expletives and threats, but she also backed the employee into a corner with a chair between them. It took Creedmoor’s Police Chief Keith King to step between Kicinski and the city employee and order Kicinski out of the building.
Though Mayor Wheeler advocated support for Chief King at the meeting, clearly there were concerns about Chief King’s inaction as well. Kicinski’s aggressive posture and verbal threats were all performed in the Chief King’s presence, yet he did not arrest Kicinski. In fact, Kicinski felt comfortable enough to send for Chief King prior to attacking the city employee. That alone is deeply troubling and requires attention.
On June 2, 2020, Creedmoor’s mayor and commissioners signed and adopted an official resolution, affirming their commitment to the Creedmoor community that violent and disrespectful treatment that degrades dignity or disregards human life will not be tolerated. Yet, nine months later, Kicinski violated the very resolution she adopted and affirmed to uphold.
Even more troubling, Kicinski was allowed to sit in on the board meeting wherein she was afforded the opportunity to vote and determine her own fate. The resolve was, Kicinski was banned from City Hall, other than for board meetings and meetings with the city manager, which is preposterous, and sets a dangerous precedence regarding the integrity of Creedmoor’s governmental process.
Clearly, this board did not go far enough to impose a more stringent and appropriate assessment against Kicinski. Collectively, this board should have urged Kicinski to resign immediately.
Even though N.C. has no statutory provision outlining the procedures for removing an elected official in a council-manager government such as Creedmoor, this Board has inherent powers to remove an elected official for reasonable and/or just cause due to misconduct.
Without the appropriate assessment, we are confident that Kicinski will once again lose control. Kicinski is a loose cannon, and presents an extreme danger, which will undoubtedly become costly for the Creedmoor government.
This writer is chairman of the Granville County Local Organizing Committee
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