Mike Caylor was recently appointed to the Budget Committee. Caylor wasn’t the Mayor’s first choice, or second, or third or even Special Ed Mitchell’s fourth choice for the Budget Committee. Commissioners Kenneth Melton, Steve Samples and Tom Cole have all resigned from the Budget Committee. Archie Archer turned down a seat on the Budget Committee. Caylor was pretty far down on the Mayor’s list but going to a 5th string bench produced a yes man.
Caylor is a City of Maryville Fire Department employee. Caylor has been chosen by the commission to serve on a board that contains city and county members. It raises the question of whether he is representing the city or the county in this position. Couldn’t the county find someone who isn’t a city employee to fill this role?
He embarrassed himself in 2013 when he read a letter from the Mayor’s Attorney, Craig Garrett, attacking Jim Folts for posting something on his website that had been readily available on the county’s website for over 2 years. Jim Folts set the record straight on that.
He’s probably never been as brazen as he was when he said that he’d broken a commission rule and said that he would do it again. His latest pattern of behavior is to interrupt me and declare a point of order when I question the supposed need to expand the jail.
He is the only commissioner to serve on the Blount County Corrections Partnership (BCCP) since its inception. He openly admits that he doesn’t know what to do to address the jail overcrowding. He should be embarrassed to admit that since the county paid for a report that offered solutions.
He says that we’ve talked this to death. However, the Blount County Corrections Partnership only met 4 times in 2015 and Caylor voted against even hearing from the jail consultant that was paid to do a criminal justice system assessment. When was this talked to death when the consultant never got to present his final report?
At the April 7, BCCP meeting Caylor said that we need to recommend that the commission approve a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to buy some time. Really? Buy some time for what: the hope that he will come up with a solution? He’s already said he doesn’t have a solution and he voted against talking to the jail consultant about the Institute for Law and Policy Planning report which proposes solutions.
He wasn’t even sure how to properly make that recommendation. The Purchasing Agent was overheard saying, “they don’t know what they’re doing” after responding to questions about how to handle the RFQ.
The jail is a volatile situation. As a firefighter, Mike Caylor should know better than to play with matches. If he spent as much time seeking solutions to address this problem as it appears that he has been spending reading this website, while at his cushy job, he would have some solutions.
Buying time isn’t a solution. If he doesn’t have any solutions, he should resign from the BCCP and stop working to silence those who are trying to propose solutions.