JAUNT, in a Thursday statement, admitted that Sheffield was asked for his resignation after the organization’s governing board lost confidence in the “business judgement” of Mr. Sheffield.
In a last-ditch attempt to salvage his damaged reputation, Sheffield, a former member of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, responded tempestuously. A press release issued by the Blue Ridge Group—often hired by Democrats in public distress—has Sheffield shadow-attacking Schilling Show host, Rob Schilling, instead of taking responsibility for his own serious misdeeds:
“It’s unfortunate that my tenure as executive director of JAUNT has been misinterpreted. As JAUNT’s board will confirm, I left the company with a surplus of $1.2 million and an operating profit of $200,000. JAUNT competitively procures funding by providing a range of public and private transportation services, which means the company must be run eﬀiciently to turn a profit. I ran it eﬀiciently, and no JAUNT policies were violated. I’ve heard some criticism of my tenure from radio hosts with no business experience, and I think that rather than listening to shock jocks who’ve never had to meet a payroll, our citizens should look at the facts. All expenses during my tenure, including travel, adhered to JAUNT’s policies, and all expenses were reviewed prior to authorization. I took the job at JAUNT to contribute to the community that we all love and to improve transportation services for its most vulnerable members. It’s no secret that some of those criticizing me would love to see JAUNT abolished entirely. We’re better than that.”
Following the media releases from both JAUNT and Sheffield, Schilling rebutted Sheffield while providing additional background, in an impromptu Facebook LIVE presentation.
The Schilling Show continues its investigation into details of the JAUNT/Sheffield scandal; information will be shared as it becomes available.