Firing is a disappointment

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As I read the article in the paper a few days ago about the sex assault at Augusta YDC and reached the part where John Brady, the campus director, had been fired, I winced with discouragement.

I worked for years as a teacher at Augusta YDC and saw Mr. Brady in action. I am not out there now, but can share what I observed then.

John Brady had a heart for what he was doing there. He was out to make a difference. He was innovative in positive initiatives for the kids; had the respect of the staff and boys alike; and was always firm, fair and consistent.

You can tell when someone’s motives and methods are genuine, and his always were. I don’t ever remember going to an after-school event, a chapel event or any special event when he wasn’t there. I developed a great respect for him after seeing his day-to-day walk professionally and not being afraid to get in the trenches.

I don’t know how things are now at Augusta YDC, but somehow I think Mr. Brady is the same as he was in years past. He was the director at Augusta YDC since it reopened as a state institution in 2004. He retired from that not long ago to pursue work helping troubled kids as a psychiatric nurse. He was recalled back to Augusta YDC to help with the mounting problems there.

Mr. Brady is a person who is usually a part of the solution instead of part of the problem, so I view his firing as an instance where someone had to “take one for the team.”

Mike Hale

Evans

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Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 12/13/11 - 01:41 am
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Accountability starts at the
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Accountability starts at the top. He may be a great guy but if those under him are allowed to run free he will be the head on the chopping block. I don't think his will be the last one either.

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avidreader 12/13/11 - 06:47 am
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Mr. Hale, Your sentiments are

Mr. Hale, Your sentiments are endearing, and I believe every word concerning your expression of faith in Mr. Brady. The problem is twofold -- Supervisors in state jobs have to deal with subordinates who are often not suitable for the job, but the supervisor's hands are tied because it is so difficult to fire a wayward employee. Also, the chain-of-command dictates that the boss is responsible, no matter what. It's kind of a contradiction in management terms.

Many supervisors in the state system would be much more successful were they given the power to stack their payroll with an efficient, hard-working staff. If one has forty state workers and two or three are butting heads with the flow of progress, it can upset the entire organizational process.

Good letter, Mr. Hale!

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 12/13/11 - 09:54 am
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I also didn't mean to make
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I also didn't mean to make light of Mr. Hales opinion that Mr. Brady is a good man. I also think Mr. Hale did service to Mr. Brady with his letter. It was not my intent to denigrate either man. I apologize if it came off that way.

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