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City attorney recommends assistant's dismissal

ALBANY, Ga. -- Albany City Attorney Nathan Davis has recommended that Assistant City Attorney Kathy Strang be terminated based on what he says, among other things, is negligence and misconduct, city documents show.

In a letter that was hand-delivered to Strang on Tuesday, Davis cites a lengthy list of what he states are examples of Strang's unprofessionalism and negligence in handling legal matters for the city. Included are allegations that Strang used city equipment to solicit and participate in outside work for the city of Hinesville as a contract attorney with the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council without city of Albany authorization.

Assistant City Manager Wes Smith said that Strang's recommended dismissal was a personnel matter and that he was limited in his ability to comment on the matter, but Smith did say that Strang had requested a hearing with Lott to appeal the recommendation.

Strang and other staff members in the city attorney's office, including Davis, have been involved in discussions with the Albany City Commission regarding an ongoing investigation of grievances Strang has filed against Davis.

The city has denied The Herald's request for information on Strang's grievance, citing an exemption to the state Open Records Law that allows documents related to an ongoing investigation involving personnel to be withheld from the public.

In April, reports surfaced that Strang found a pistol and knife in Davis' desk and reported it to city human resources officials. On April 20, the City Commission discussed the incident and suspended Davis from work for three days. City officials have not said whether Strang's complaint is related to the handgun issue.