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A wise man once said that leading people is not the same as convincing them to follow you. Anyone who doubts this is welcome to attend any given meeting of the Winnsboro City Council.
Recent council meetings have been a bit contentious, which brings to mind another nugget of wisdom—be careful not to burn bridges you might have to cross.
One of the reasons that Mayor Jackie Johnson has had problems moving forward with his visions for Winnsboro is that he started out by burning bridges of good will and trust with the council.
The damage isn't irreparable, it's just means that he is going to have to work harder to get things done.
Things started off on a bad footing back in July at Johnson's first council meeting as mayor.
At the meeting, half-a-year ago ago, the council rejected his ill-conceived recommendations to replace Winnsboro City Attorney Tab Singer and Fire Chief Truman Welch.
He told The Franklin Sun that he was disappointed, but took things a bit further in an interview with The News Star by saying he had been "blind-sided" by the council.
That wasn't helpful and councilmen were understandably angered, especially those who told me they had never given the mayor carte blanche authority to do away with long-term functionaries for no good reason.
Another "blind-sided" moment came during this month's council meeting, last Tuesday.
This time Johnson wanted a raise for Winnsboro police officers.
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