Jim Ivey is back in the news again today. To sum up, the GBI is wrapping up their investigation into Ivey’s alleged mishandling of funds, and they’ll be meeting with folks over at Ken Mauldin’s office about potential charges to be filed.
More interesting however, is the fact that Ivey’s own board is turning on him now, as you might expect. The board wants Ivey out, so that they can re-organize themselves and hopefully turn over a new leaf. Ivey is standing pat, more or less daring the board to depose him. Of course, Ivey is innocent until proven guilty, but his refusal to step down thus far gives a lot of insight into who he is.
For Ivey, it was never about the veterans. If it were, then he’d be off the board right now by his own initiative. As the group’s founder, Vinnie Williams, acknowledges, any association with the group on Ivey’s part is going to obliterate the group’s chances of raising money. If it were about community service, then Ivey should have already resigned and gone home to sit in a corner and think about what he’s done.
For what it’s worth, here’s a little free advice to Williams and Don Norris, the board’s other member. Fire him. Loudly, stridently, and very, very publicly. Then, let it go, and get back to work raising money for a good cause.
Related: Athens Banner-Herald: “Vets’ group seeks new start, but fund chief stands in way,” 02/12/06