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Mayor: City attorney matter to be resolved soon

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany City Commission met in closed session Wednesday with an Atlanta personnel attorney who has been hired to investigate a complaint against City Attorney Nathan Davis, Mayor Willie Adams said.

The meeting is part of an ongoing probe by the City Commission into a grievance levied by Assistant City Attorney Kathy Strang. City officials have withheld the complaint from the public, despite attempts by The Albany Herald to obtain it through the Georgia Open Records Act, citing a portion of the law that exempts materials obtained during an ongoing personnel investigation from disclosure.

Following the meeting, Albany Mayor Willie Adams spoke briefly with reporters, saying that he expects the matter to be resolved soon.

"I expect all of this to be over in 7 to 10 days," Adams said. "I think we're about done."

Adams said the Commission heard from Melanie Slayton, a human resources attorney attached with an Atlanta-based law firm.

Slayton has been involved in investigating the complaint, Assistant City Manager Wes Smith said.

It was the second closed-door session the Commission has held in reference to the complaint.

Last Wednesday, the Commission held a six-hour meeting during which each member of the city attorney's staff, including Strang and Davis, was interviewed by commissioners.

Georgia law allows government bodies to go into closed-door session to discuss personnel matters but requires them to reconvene in a session that is open to the public before they take any action.

The commission didn't take action Wednesday.