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Attorney complaint review continues

ALBANY, Ga. -- The city of Albany is asking outside counsel to review a complaint that has been filed against City Attorney Nathan Davis, city officials say.

The move comes two days after the Albany City Commission sat in a closed-door session for six hours hearing statements from every member of city attorney staff, including Davis.

Following the meeting, The Albany Herald filed a request under the Georgia Open Records Act for the latest performance evaluations of all of the employees in Davis' office, including Davis. Additionally, the Herald requested a copy of any complaint filed against Davis or his office in the last 30 days.

While the city gave notice that the evaluations were available late Thursday afternoon, the complaint that is believed to have generated the investigation into the office is being withheld by the city who have cited an exemption to the law that allows information obtained during an investigation into employees to be withheld.

Assistant City Manager Wes Smith said Thursday that Donnie Sweat, a local attorney who is often used by the city for matters involving human resources law and who has been integral in assisting the city in drafting a new personnel policy, reviewed the grievance and The Herald's request and believes the document should be withheld.

All city officials would confirm Thursday is that the grievance was filed by Assistant City Attorney Kathy Strang.

Strang has been in the news of late after it was revealed that she was the person in Davis' office who discovered that he had a pistol and a knife in his desk drawer and then reported it to city human resources officials, who then reported it to City Manager Alfred Lott.

After deliberating on the matter in executive session, the commission reopened the meeting and suspended Davis for three days.

Following Tuesday's lengthy closed-door meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Christopher Pike said that the gun incident had been closed and, while he would give little details as to the specific incident the commission had been discussing, said that the gun incident was not the focus of current discussions.