Brentwood Residents Talk with 'You Paid For It Reporter' About Health Insurance

Fox 2 anchor Elliott Davis heard a Brentwood group's gripes about their city hall last week.

residents who couldn’t get answers to their questions from city hall about their elected officials tried a work-around last week.

They called Fox 2 News reporter Elliott Davis.

“Several of us thought Elliott would be a good one to contact, since he specializes in municipal corruption issues in his KTVI ‘You Paid For It’ reports,” resident Barry Williams said. Davis agreed to meet with them.

He met the Brentwood group at Rich and Cheryl Emery’s home on York Drive on Wednesday. The group of about a dozen sat in couches with Davis at one end. Health care for elected officials was the main topic.

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“What the problem?” he asked.

“It’s really the inconsistencies of the spending of taxpayers money,” Rich Emery said. “We keep finding more and more that city hall has done that the citizens are outraged about, and it’s one issue after another.”

Davis asked why the officials don’t deserve the perks they’re getting.

They’re temporary employees, they’re not employees, they’re public officials, they’re there at the will of us, they work for us because we’re the tax payers, the group answered in rapid-fire.

“Who’s the biggest defender on the board of the deals they have?” Davis asked. “The mayor (Pat Kelly),” came from around the room.

Julie Pozzo said the problem with the health care benefit is that it was never approved by the board.

Davis asked how it came about if it never came up in a meeting, and together the group said that's what they'd like to know.

“It looks to us as though the mayor wanted this as a perk, so he went to the city manager, the one who was later arrested for embezzlement, and asked him to make it happen, and presto it happened,” Williams said, “without the aldermen even voting on it.”

(Tomorrow, read the mayor’s response, when Davis visited Kelly at his office at Eagle Bank.)

Another in the group told Davis that not all aldermen get the insurance.

Pozo and Williams told him they have requests into city hall for information. “They won’t tell us anything,” Williams said.

After Davis had what he needed from the group he asked for a spokesman for a one-on-one interview, and Williams’ name rose to the top.

He gave Davis the history of the insurance program then got to the point.

“The residents of Brentwood are just fed up,” he said.

“Every time we pick up the paper there’s a new scandal about our money being misused, and when we try to find out what’s going on, when we ask simple basic questions about our money, the city officials won’t tell us.”

“That sums it up,” Davis said.

Davis said the produced segment will run on Fox 2 at 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

Also in Maplewood-Brentwood Patch:

Brandon Jones July 09, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I knew Kelly was corrupt when he first took office. He's so smug all the time. Like being the mayor of Brentwood makes him some big deal or something. I have voted against him every election since.
Mr. Completely July 09, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Brandon Jones- Mayor Kelly has run unopposed in nearly every election since he took office as have the mojority of the Aldermen. Thats how Brentwood has become the mess that it is. If someone dares to run against the Brentwood old guard they are subjected to harassment, character assassination, insult, and numerous other election law violations. The best possible outcome from the recent public outcry would be to elect a new mayor from a new group (rather than the same old Brentwood High School graduates or STMM) as its the mayor who sets the agenda for the B of A as well as the city in general. Kelly needs to go, he's had his chance, the old guard has had their time, Brentwood has had enough developement & TIFF's, its time for some new blood in city hall. Its time for Brentwood city hall to turn their attention to the residents of Brentwood and not the next outsider with the next big idea.
CHERYL EMERY July 09, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Very well put, Mr.Completely. Sure wish we could meet in person so we could talk face to face about the issues!
Kay Scott-Boyd July 09, 2012 at 04:48 PM
My question is: since a large number of constituents are extremely unhappy with Pat Kelly can we recall him NOW or since a bunch of people evidently voted to extend the length of time the mayor is in office to 4 years versus 2 years do we have 2 more years to suffer through the lack of information and refusal to answer questions from our Mayor? That is the biggest question. I cannot believe that there will not be several people to run for mayor against Pat Kelly after the manipulations of Pat Kelly during this Aldermanic race. If no one else would I would run just so he would have some kind of competition but I really am not a fan of politics but I am a fan about fairness. I guess I would be a terrible candidate or mayor though since I am a BHS graduate and Mr. Completely makes it sound as that should automatically be a reason to not vote for someone.
Brandon Jones July 09, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I just write myself in every time. I also write myself in for judge. I'd pretty much vote for anybody that's not pat kelly. Kinda like anybody but Obama for POTUS.
Mr. Completely July 09, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Yes under my model for new Brentwood government all graduates of BHS would be excluded from seeking political office. In fact, all high school graduates are out! Kelly has a degree in municipal government or some such silliness and he's turned Brentwood into a Monopoly Board and a spectacle. Its time for some blue collar common sense. Under my plan all tradesmen/women are encouraged to run for anything and everything. If you quit high school and later in life you passed a GED course come on! Plumbers, roofers, a/c repair techs, stay at home mom's Bring It! Doggie daycare workers-yes. Street department workers-yes. Lawn care workers-yes. Unemployed, disabled, retired-you're in. Mayor of a town of 8K people with a City Manager. How hard could it be?
Barry Williams July 10, 2012 at 12:25 AM
The mysterious Mr. Completely is an exceptionally wise and astute observer of Brentwood. I hope he runs for mayor at the earliest opportunity. He's got my vote! His latest comment is a gem -- a classic!
Brandon Jones July 11, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I dropped out of Brentwood High school and got a GED and am now an EMT, does that mean I can be mayor? I'll even settle for alderman.
Mr. Completely July 11, 2012 at 07:24 PM
BHS, GED, EMT, thats outta site. With cred like that you could possibly be Commodore of the newly created Brentwood Yacht club. Its an appointed position, I'll send you an application.
Thomas Gibson July 11, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Brandon, do not lower yourself to that. You are one of the ones we depend on. me, i did the same thing but am now a welder, looking forward to retirement in 10 years or so.
Brandon Jones July 11, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Judge would be great. I'm qualified right?
Mr. Completely July 12, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Please check out our Facebook page@ Facebook.com Brentwood Yacht Club and leave your questions or comments.
sprintmudder July 13, 2012 at 01:11 AM
What ever your position, the piece from KTVI "You Paid for It" is available on the KTVI website under the search term "Brentwood". It is available for reposting on social media, or by e-mail. I believe in Brentwood, and this has been a very sad experience. God bless us all.
Ryan Martin (Editor) July 13, 2012 at 03:30 AM
The "You Paid For It" piece is also available here on Patch: http://patch.com/A-vXSj


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