Newly elected Georgia AG told County Manager to ignore law

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November 15, 2010

ATLANTA, Georgia: Two consecutive chairmen of the Cobb County Commission, one of them Samuel S. Olens, newly elected Republican State Attorney General, "told the county clerk to disregard a provision of a 27-year-old law that requires Cobb to document the actions of its county manager."[1] County officials, who, by law, are required to keep minutes, contend the requirement is cumbersome and outdated. Unlike the county chairman, the manager is not a publicly elected official who conducts business openly; the law, therefore, was devised as a means in which to keep tabs on the person in power. However, this provision is quite unusual, at least in Georgia, as "neither the Georgia Municipal Association nor the Association County Commissioners of Georgia are aware of other jurisdictions that have to record minutes of their city or county managers."[1] Time Lee, the current chairman of the Cobb County Commission, has said that the local government body has begun the process of repealing the measure.

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