Letter to the Editor: Trust council to do the right thing


Thursday, January 24, 2019

Over the past several weeks there has been an attack on Rocky Mount City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney.

When Small-Toney was up for the next city manager, there was lots of feedback from some in the community that did some research on her background. But does a person deserve a second chance? Everyone wants a second chance.

Since Small-Toney has been in Rocky Mount I have observed her and she seemed to have been professional about what she was saying. Some things are documented but then one must be able to align the documented up with the policy and procedures to see if she is out of compliance. I don’t know what is to be true or false so I will have to rely on the response from the council as to how they move forward with or without Small-Toney. I will fact check all sides if the resources are made available. What I will not do is to act on emotions without having all the facts.

I am having a flashback with all this activity because I am reminded of how white folk were in charge and black folk were not given jobs or promotions just because they were black. What I do know is the Rocky Mount City Council used to be majority white. The department heads used to be majority white. Times have changed but sadly some folks have not because some white folks have a problem with working under black folks’ authority.

I understand the concerns such as the hiring of a police chief. But did she have the right to deny the candidate recommended? I don’t know the answer. I understand the concerns about how money has been spent on the remodeling of her office, but does she have a budget for that? I understand the concerns about department heads living outside of the city so is she responsible for that? So do these things warrant the firing of Small-Toney or some type of reprimand if one is necessary?

I will attend the council meeting next Monday to see what unfolds during the meeting. I will receive whatever takes place and I will examine if the council does the right thing per the facts as presented. I will then give my opinion on how the process was handled, however I trust and believe the council will do the right thing.

Curmilus Dancy II