Eye on corruption: Eddie Deane, Eva Young, and the GCRC

By Susan Gibbs

Personally, I think Chairman of the Board of Supervisors David Cox sometimes thinks with his emotions rather than with logic; that Vice-chairman Jim Frydl sometimes takes better care of county employees than he does of county citizens; that Supervisor Davis Lamb (Ruckersville) is sometimes wishy-washy; and that Supervisor Bill Martin (Stanardsville) comes across as arrogant.

All of the above, at one time or other, have either complained about me or put me in my place.

Moreover, I’ve been accused of believing in conspiracy theories and of personalizing issues.

Ordinarily, statements such as these don’t make it into print because they are nothing more than normal give and take between reporters and politicians. Like so many other reasonable people we know that the bottom line is nobody’s perfect, and so in place of perfection there is tolerance, and agreements to disagree.

But this election season is different. In the nine years that I have been in county I have never seen anything like it, and many who have been here for decades or even for lifetimes have said the same.

And for that I believe we can thank Supervisor Eddie Deane, and Bob Young and his wife, Greene County Planning Commissioner Eva Young, who is First Vice-chair of the Greene County Republican Committee (GCRC).

Supervisor Eddie Deane

Supervisor Eddie Deane

In “Eye on the pot calling the kettle black,” posted on this site last month, I explained that Deane had been tapped to run for his seat by Fried Companies Inc. (FCI) in order to secure a majority vote for approval of a request to rezone 400 acres on US 29N, and that perhaps as a reward, his company had installed carpet in FCI’s Terrace Greene apartments after the rezoning was approved.

But conflict of interest is not the only thing that has blemished Deane’s term on the Greene County Board of Supervisors, which, in retrospect, plays like a bad soap opera. From the time he took his seat he talked incessantly—even in public—about his anxiety and depression, sharing his brain scan images not only with supporters, but his fellow board members.

Perhaps this obsession with his mental condition contributed to the fact that he seemed rarely to do his own research on issues facing the Board, and relied on others outside the county administration building to do it for him.

I was one such person and another was former Tea Partier Eva Young, who presented herself as a legislative researcher and offered to teach Deane the ins and outs of Agenda 21, or sustainable development as practiced by the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC).

This supposed professional relationship quickly progressed into something more personal.

Young’s behavior became manic, and as that mania increased Deane was drawn into it. With Young claiming to be a psychiatric nurse in addition to a legislative researcher, the two began a relationship consisting of what I believed to be mutual “counseling.”

Young’s husband Bob would soon be making some noise of his own.

On May 8, 2012 with a public hearing scheduled to be held shortly at the William Monroe High School Performing Arts Center, demonstrations were underway outside the county administration building where supervisors were meeting in executive session prior to moving to the high school for the public portion of the meeting.

According to a witness who spoke on condition of anonymity, Bob Young verbally attacked a teacher, shouting at her that art and music is a waste of time, and that all teachers were overpaid, glorified babysitters.

“He was seething anger and hate,” the witness said.

Bob and Eva Young

Bob and Eva Young

Meantime, I was looking for a diplomatic way out of the “working” relationship with Deane and Eva Young.

Suffice it to say I did remove myself, cut all ties to Eva Young, and made a concerted effort to distance myself from Deane.

Unfortunately, I continued to see him at Greene County Department of Social Services Board of Directors meetings. I had been appointed to that board and Deane was serving as supervisor-liaison. Even at those meetings he was unable to keep his obsession with Eva Young under wraps.

At one time, in front of witnesses, Deane told me that I had competition; that Eva Young (who sometimes writes letters to editors under the name Carlee) had started her own Web page. He did not name the page, but I am guessing that based on content, it is the anonymous Facebook page “Concerned Citizens of Greene County VA.”

In late 2013 after Deane claimed to have been run off the road and attacked by two men, he announced at a social services board meeting that Eva Young was “going to save my reputation.”

At trial, he apparently “lost his memory” and as a result, insufficient evidence was found to pursue the matter and the charges against the two men were dismissed.

Soon enough, Deane had decided not to seek re-election and to endorse Bob Young for his At Large seat.

What followed is confusing, at best.

In April of this year Deane voted, along with his fellow supervisors, to approve a $5,713.86 interest-free, taxpayer-financed loan to County Administrator John Barkley for monies owed to the Virginia Retirement System. About the same time NBC29 reported that Bob Young had submitted his official candidacy declaration for Deane’s seat, and for some reason, Deane thought better of his vote for the loan.

On April 30, GCRC, with Chairman Ed Yensho and Eva Young at its helm, filed a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request with the Greene County Administrator’s office requesting materials related to the loan.

It is important to understand that there was no reason whatsoever to file that request. Three years earlier, on at least one occasion that I know of, Deane had slipped papers dealing with TJPDC to Eva Young, who had then taken them to her husband for interpretation.

As a sitting supervisor, Deane had—and still has—access to any and all documentation related to the loan. Because he had given documents to Young in the past, there would have been no reason for him not to do so now—unless it was to create a controversy that Bob Young could ride to the election.

Be that as it may, legally, the county had five business days to respond, and when it had not by Friday, May 15, 2015, WINA radio host and SchillingShow.com founder, Rob Schilling—another Republican—initiated a lawsuit against the county.

Beginning May 18 and through June 23, Schilling would publish a total of three posts on the subject: on May 18 “Schilling Show to Sue Greene County for FOIA Violation”; on May 22 “Funny Money and FOIA Follies: Greene County’s Clandestine Loan to John Barkley; and on June 23 “Bad Dog: Greene’s Barkley Again Ignores FOIA, Twists Truth in Loan Debacle.”

In those posts he announced a lawsuit against the county for records that Deane had been able to produce at any time, announced that “concerned citizens” were providing him with information and that Barkley was withholding information (again, Deane could have provided “concerned citizens” with that information at any time), and that Megan Rhyne, executive director of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government, had “expressed alarm” because documents were being withheld.

Interestingly, one of the first comments about the first Schilling post was from Eva Young, who wrote simply, “Thank you, Rob.”

GCRC, led by Yensho and Eva Young, published nearly 20 pages of e-mails related to the loan, but did not stop there. While the issue could very well have remained about the loan, and the loan only, GCRC chose to overdo it, claiming that correspondence received was “leaving many questioning the ethics and leadership of the County officials involved.” The group dug further into Barkley’s private financial situation and published those findings as well—something totally unnecessary and apparently geared to create even more conflict.

With the documents now received it would seem as though Schilling had nothing more to write about—but then former Greene

Gail Breeden, left

Gail Breeden, left

County Social Worker Gail Breeden and former Greene County Supervisor Patsy Morris, both of Stanardsville, created new conflict by verbally assaulting Board members during the matters from the public portion of meetings on June 23 and July 11.

In a nutshell, the two women accused supervisors of dishonesty, of breaking the law, lying to the public, breaking the citizens’ trust, and conspiracy. They accused Frydl of lying, and told Cox he needed to grow a set of (testicles). They said Barkley and County Attorney Ray Clarke needed to be fired, and that Frydl needed to be gotten out of office.

And then they went running back to Schilling.

Between July 24 and August 8 he published five more posts, this time dealing with the stifling of public comment in Greene County.

These posts had to do with Cox’s response to the Breeden/Morris assault, which occurred at the Board’s regularly scheduled meeting on July 28.

The public portion of the meeting began with Cox announcing that executive session was to be continued in front of the public, only to be interrupted by Deane, who tried to tell him his job by asking if the Pledge of Allegiance shouldn’t be done first.

“No,” Cox said, “We’re going to finish up with executive session first.”

He then read a prepared statement, which says, in part:

“Matters from the public is … an opportunity for citizens … to advise the Board of matters not known to the Board and which the Board might wish to act on at a future meeting … the item … has been a treasured and important agenda item … (but) … Matters from the Public has … deteriorated … over the last several Board meetings. This cannot be allowed to continue and will not be tolerated by the Board. There is no place in a Board meeting for personal attacks, disrespect, rudeness, or disruptive behavior. Matters from the Public will be added to the agenda at the August 11 Board meeting. At that time there will be a copy of the Board’s policy and rules attached to the sign-up sheet regarding the purpose of this agenda item and what kinds of comments and behaviors will and will not be allowed …”

At this point, Cox was interrupted by a “Boo” from the gallery.

Patsy Morris, center

Patsy Morris, center

“That’s the problem,” he said, before continuing with his prepared statement.

“ … It’s not the intent of the Board nor will it ever be to attempt to silence or control any input from members of the public on matters of public interest. However, respect for our fellow citizens of Greene County cannot be ignored and rude and confrontational behavior cannot be allowed to disrupt this Board’s proceedings.”

Clarke then read rules that had been written regarding the conduct of individuals wishing to speak during Board meetings, and Schiller, waiting in the wings, was all over them.

Schilling quoted Attorney John Whitehead, founder of the Charlottesville-based Rutherford Institute as saying, among other things, that the policy “gives the chair extremely broad authority that is contrary to First Amendment principles,” and that by forbidding speakers to address staff in a “disrespectful” manner or make accusations against others could be deemed a form of viewpoint discrimination. He reported that Candidate Michelle Flynn supported the rules, while candidates Davis Lamb and Bob Young supported them, and that Candidate Dale Herring had not responded to multiple inquiries, and then that Deane and Lamb had called for both Barkley and Cox’s speech rules to go.

On August 6 a petition to recall Frydl that sources say was instigated by Bob and Eva Young was filed with the clerk of the Greene County Circuit Court. In Virginia, grounds for the process are: Neglect of duty, misuse of office, or incompetence in the performance of duties when that neglect of duty, misuse of office, or incompetence in the performance of duties has a material adverse effect upon the conduct of the office, or upon conviction of a drug-related misdemeanor or a misdemeanor involving a “hate crime” or various forms of sex crimes.

According to Breeden, this was done because of the loan to Barkley—but there are several things wrong with this action, other than the obvious.

For one thing, the petition must be signed by at least 10 percent of the number of voters in the jurisdiction who cast ballots in the last election, and to date it has been signed by just one person. Another thing is that a reliable source has told Eye on Greene that to bring this action against Frydl for approving a less than $6,000 loan would cost the Midway taxpayers about $30,000, and the final thing is that most likely, they don’t have a case.

On August 14, writing for the Free Enterprise Forum Brent Wilson reported that in a 3-2 vote at the Board’s regularly scheduled August 11 meeting, Greene’s supervisors had revised the rules for public comment by eliminating the exclusion of a citizen from the next meeting and no cursing. Voting for the revisions as proposed were Cox, Frydl and Martin. Voting against them were Deane and Lamb.

Deane told NBC29 he is afraid the new rules give too much power to the chairman.

On September 9 Schilling turned on Greene County Record Editor Pat Fitzgerald, accusing him of perpetuating a dishonest narrative of Greene County citizens by defending Barkley and Cox.

According to Schilling, Fitzgerald wrote: “Greene County Administrator John Barkley’s presentations have elicited foul-language outbursts from citizens who’d like to see him gone. Even Chairman Cox has had his manhood challenged from the floor during a meeting.

“It was outbursts such as those which were a direct result of the chairman’s decision to remove the Matters from the Public item from the agenda on July 28, and then try to impose draconian rules against all speech at the Board of Supervisors meetings.”

Schilling goes on to state that Fitzgerald characterized those speaking out at public meetings as being “disrespectful and uncontrollably crude.”

He says that what Fitzgerald omits in his reporting “is that most of the heated criticism leveled at the Greene County Board of Supervisors has come from women—strong women who despise corruption in government.”

But what Schilling may not know is that Breeden and Morris are ignorant women incapable of understanding that they are being used.

This month, Delegate Rob Bell endorsed Bob Young for Greene County supervisor, but that doesn’t mean anything. Bell was also a strong supporter of Bob McDonnell, the former governor whose Federal Bureau of Prisons register number is 83758-083, and who is currently free pending a decision from the United States Supreme Court to hear or not hear the case against him on public corruption charges.

And as for the GCRC: We must remember that this is the same organization that four years ago brought international disdain down on Greene County when the editor of its newsletter, Ponch McPhee, called for an armed revolution if President Obama was re-elected.

In conclusion, after Bob Young called for a boycott of the Charlottesville Area League of Women Voters-sponsored forums because the person who had set the place and times for the events had baked cookies for a non-Republican campaign, Dena Imlay, organizer of the events, was quoted as saying, “I don’t have time for this nonsense.”

Neither do I and neither should any other voter in Greene County.

More about Eddie Deane can be viewed at http://eyeongreene.com/eye-on-the-pot-calling-the-kettle-black/

Schilling’s posts can be viewed at http://www.schillingshow.com/

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