Quincy Residents Protest County Commissioners

By: La'Tasha Givens Email
By: La'Tasha Givens Email

Emotions ran high during the protest because residents tell me they have been saying the same thing but commissioners are not listening. So tonight close to 100 people rallied downtown in front of the courthouse then made their presence know at the commission meeting.

Some of the signs protesters held called for county administrator Johnny Williams and commissioner Doug Crowley to step down, some even called them racist.

But protesters say the signs represent how they feel about how the county is being run. Most of the anger some residents have stems from 36 black county workers being fired in 2009.

When the commission meeting started, protesters packed the chambers and one by one voiced their concerns. Some members of the NAACP from Tallahassee were also in attendance.

Gadsden County NAACP President Samuel Palmer says, "I fell like they already had their mind made up that they we're not going to do anything."

"I believe that the employees fired ans discriminated against should be rehired or promoted ans they should be issued an apology," says Willie Green long time resident.

WCTV did not have an opportunity to speak with commissioners tonight because the meeting was still in progress when I left. But in previous reports commissioners say some employees were fired because of budget cuts.

Commission Chair Sherri Taylor did tell residents their concerns were heard and will be reviewed.

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