The councilman of District 3 lists Dorchester County to be his home, but pays residential property tax on a house in Orangeburg County. He’s told voters he has a college degree, but had to tell a judge he never graduated high school. He’s claimed to be a Marine Corps veteran, but later admitted he only attended a military summer camp as a kid. And he even once tried to run in both the Republican and Democratic parties for the same one office in the same one election cycle.
And Bailey’s trend of indecision continues in another circumstance facing the county right this very minute.
Despite being very subject to hurricanes, despite the presence of a fault line within its borders, despite the onset of hurricane season over one month ago – even despite state law requiring the county to have one – Dorchester County is without an Emergency Preparedness Director.
But Bailey doesn’t want to fill that position the county is required to maintain.
Oh, wait a minute… yes he does.
Huh? What’s that? No, he doesn’t.
But – wait one more time – now he does!
He originally stated the position of Emergency Preparedness Director should be eliminated. He then changed his mind after catching some flak from constituents in North Charleston, according to a July 10 article in Summerville Patch, stating “I fully realize now we need a full-time emergency management director.”
Yesterday, just seven days later, Bailey told the Post & Courier he still intends to eliminate the position, though, and through a variation of his first proposal that merges the emergency director position with that of the county fire coordinator.
But today, he changed his mind again. According to the Summerville Patch: "In a telephone conversation this morning, county Councilman George Bailey has said he will recommend council hires a full-time emergency management director."
Now nobody - not even the same Patch reporter, who summarized that this most recent update now leaves the the circumstance "unclear" - knows what Bailey is trying to pull.
He might actually want to fill the position of Emergency Preparedness Director; he could want to completely eliminate it; he might simply want to merge the two together.
And no matter which option is actually valid, Bailey is likely to say he was telling the truth all along in each and every variation of the story he told.
He’ll have ample opportunity to say just that at tonight’s County Council meeting, the agenda of which includes this same topic.
The 7 p.m. meeting will be held at council chambers in Summerville.
Former Emergency Preparedness Director Dennis Clark resigned earlier this year.
Bailey’s District 3 extends along most of the eastern border of Dorchester County, and includes parts of St. George, Harleyville, Ridgeville, Summerville and North Charleston.