by YES! Staff

New Greensboro firechief named Gregory H. Grayson will be the newchief of the Greensboro Fire Department,interim City Manager Bob Morganannounced earlier this month. Graysonhas previously served as fire chief inAsheville and Burlington, according tohis resume. Grayson will resign from hisposition with the city of Asheville on May25, and begin his new job in Greensborothe following day. The new chief’s startingsalary will be $127,637. Former ChiefJohnny Teeters retired last year, followingallegations of favoritism. The NewnanTimes-Herald reports that Teeters tookover the Coweta County Fire Departmentin Florida in January.— JG Greensboro’s lobbyistexposed Some council members appear to havebeen unaware that the city of Greensborohas a hired lobbyist working in Raleigh,although High Point gadfly Keith Browndiscovered as much through a publicrecords request last summer. At council’srequest, interim City Manager BobMorgan compiled some informationabout the city’s secret lobbyist, CamillaB. Cover. Cover is employed by BrooksPierce law firm, which also employsDerek Allen, who frequently arguesrezoning cases on behalf of developersbefore the council. A search of thestate lobbyist database revealed thatCover represents the NC Petroleumand Convenience Marketers, the NCAssociation of Broadcasters, the NC CableTelecommunications Association andUnited Healthcare Services in addition tothe city of Greensboro in the NC GeneralAssembly. Working at an hourly rate of$135, Cover billed the city for $25,668 in2008 and $47,146 in 2007. Morgan toldcouncil members last month that Cover’sduties included sitting in committeehearings to monitor the status of billsof interest to the city. Among the billsmonitored by Cover this year were bills todisapprove the Jordan Lake Rules, restorethe protest petition to Greensboro andlegalize marijuana for medical purposes.— JG Greensboro Collegebudget woes President Craven Williams released aGreensboro College Recovery Plan earlierthis month, which calls for a temporary20 percent reduction in faculty andstaff salaries, suspended sabbaticals,elimination of temporary labor andelimination of retirement match anddental insurance. “The number-onefocus has been on identifying savings thatwill not directly affect the instructionalprogram,” he said in a prepared statement.“Our ability to stand together and assurestudents that we are still the college theyhave known us to be is the key element ofthis plan.”— JG Tenant rights workshop A new rental inspection ordinancepassed by the Greensboro City Councillast year requires all residential rentalproperty in the city to be inspected priorto renting or leasing. The city will host apublic forum will be held on April 27 atthe Warnersville Recreation Center inGreensboro for those who want to learnmore about the ordinance, responsibilitiesof tenants and landlords and fair housingrules. The panel will include DanReynolds, the city’s code enforcementmanager; Jason Austin of the GreensboroLandlords’ Association; Lisa Dellinger,residential property manager for theKoury Corp.; and representatives of theGreensboro Housing Coalition.— JG Final Greensboro budgetinput meeting District 4 Councilman Mike Barberhosts a budget input meeting at 6 p.m. onThursday at Lindley Recreation Centerin Greensboro. Interim City ManagerBob Morgan is scheduled to present hisfinal budget recommendations to theGreensboro City Council on May 19.— JG Battle over lawenforcement funds rageson The Forsyth County Commissionersinstructed County Manager DudleyWatts to send a letter to Winston-SalemCity Manager Lee Garrity in support ofForsyth County Sheriff Bill Schatzman’srequest for a 50-50 split of the JusticeAssistance Grant funds the city appliedfor through the American Recoveryand Reinvestment Act during a briefingsession on April 16. The commissioners’action came in response to commentsfrom members of the Winston-SalemPublic Safety Committee during its April13 meeting. South Ward CouncilwomanMolly Leight said the city might haveto make an end run around Schatzmanand deal directly with Watts to reach aresolution. Winston-Salem Police ChiefScott Cunningham told the committeehe believes the Winston-Salem PoliceDepartment deserves the lion’s shareof the $1.1 million in federal economicstimulus money because the citygenerates the bulk of the revenue and thecrime in the county. With the applicationdeadline of May 18 rapidly approaching,Cunningham warned the committee thatif the city and county can come to anagreement by the deadline, the funds willrevert to the federal government.— KTB