Dekalb kicks out Red Cross?

This morning I read an article about the Red Cross vacating the relief center in Dekalb County. Apparently there were some issues with the relief service that was being provided. Although the Red Cross was giving out food and clothing (and money in the form of checks), the disorganization was arousing a lot of complaints. The CEO of Dekalb, Vernon Jones, made a public complaint with a letter he released. Here is a small excerpt:

“Your presence as it is now is hindering our efforts to help the same people. It is in our best interest to conduct our operations separately from now on,”

This was one of the largest relief centers in the southeast and has been open only for one week. I know that there is some inherent disorder in these types of situations, but it is a shame that this ended this way. Does anyone else have any more information on this?

4 Comments so far

  1. Andrew (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 10:17 am

    I imagine that Dekalb CEO wasn’t being paid an acceptable kickback. The man is four kinds of sleazy and has done nothing for Dekalb other than create one PR disaster after another. Maybe he’ll move to New Orleans and run for Mayor, a position he appears to be supremely qualified to fill.

  2. mae (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 1:23 pm

    i have some information: vernon jones is a crazy ass

  3. Briam (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 2:05 pm

    Well, I hope they are able to find another location/facility that will allow them to continue to help the needy.

  4. JD (unregistered) on September 27th, 2005 @ 1:35 pm

    Vernon Jones strikes again, what a sorry sack of poo. From an 11Alive news report…

    Red Cross spokesman Bill Reynolds said DeKalb Countyís administration also asked for a financial contribution for allowing the Red Cross to operate out of the county facility.

    ìSome of what has been verbally requested of us were some financial incumberances that we considered would be an inappropriate use of a donated dollar,î Reynolds said during a news conference called by the Red Cross Monday afternoon in response to Jones.

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