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City tosses two incumbents off WG&L board (updated)

Former City Commissioner Morris Gurr and Bob Hutchinson named to board.

State Rep. Carol Fullerton, D-Albany, gives an address at a domestic violence awareness event held on Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany Wednesday. Col. Terry Williams, commanding officer of the base, signed a proclamation to declare October Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

State Rep. Carol Fullerton, D-Albany, gives an address at a domestic violence awareness event held on Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany Wednesday. Col. Terry Williams, commanding officer of the base, signed a proclamation to declare October Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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Morris Gurr

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Bob Hutchinson

ALBANY, Ga. — The Albany City Commission voted Monday to replace two board members of the Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission, including state Rep. Carol Fullerton, D-Albany.

Fullerton and former city clerk Joann Pope were replaced by former city commissioner Morris Gurr and Bob Hutchinson, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club.

City Clerk Sonja Tolbert said that Fullerton was the first to be nominated, but received votes only from Commissioners Jon Howard, Ivey Hines and Mayor Dorothy Hubbard. Gurr was next to be nominated and received votes from each commissioner with the exception of Howard. Hutchinson was then nominated and received votes from all but Howard and Hines.

After Fullerton, Gurr and Hutchinson were nominated but before the votes were taken, Hubbard disclosed that all three individuals had assisted with her campaign to become mayor in some form or another albeit through campaign contributions, endorsements or volunteerism.

Gurr shocked the city when he managed to defeat longtime Albany City Commissioner Arthur Williams to win the Ward III Commission seat in 2005. In 2009, Gurr announced that he would not seek a second term.

Pike and Williams would then square off, leading to Pike winning a seat at the table.

Hutchinson is the executive director of the Albany Boys & Girls Club and also heads up a local neighborhood association.

In other appointments, Chief Municipal Court Judge Willie Weaver, who found himself embroiled in a domestic violence allegation last year that was later dismissed by District Attorney Denise Fachini in exchange for counseling, was reappointed to another year term on the bench in a split vote.

Local Attorney Phil Cannon, who served as interim municipal court judge when Weaver was suspended during the investigation, was first to be nominated, but failed to garner enough votes to earn the seat.

Weaver was then nominated for reappointment and was chosen with Commissioners Roger Marietta and Bob Langstaff voting against and Pike abstaining.

Hubbard again disclosed before the vote that some members of Weaver’s family had assisted with her campaign and that, when it came to the previous criminal investigation into the incident between Weaver and his wife, that she felt he had provided the proper paperwork from Fachini stating that the charges had been dropped and that he had met his obligation to Fachini’s office.

Comments

ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 11 months ago

I don't guess we have to ask, along which lines came the "split vote?"

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boyoboy 2 years, 11 months ago

Yeah, show who and how they voted.

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 11 months ago

Well looks like the writing is on the wall WG&L is going to be turned into another dysfunctional department run by the city commissioners. Diverting funds from MEAG was the beginning now the “Golden Piggy Bank” is ripe for the picking and it certainly looks like they are stacking “YES” men on the board. Backdoor Politics!

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 11 months ago

I totally agree with you. Marietta said on WALB that he knows the two personally. Well, that says it all right there.

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wonderbread 2 years, 11 months ago

Kaos, or Tami McCoy, you need to get over your husband's big loss.

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 11 months ago

Roger Marietta, I knew you would appear soon and have something to say to me. Yes, I am Tami McCoy and I am not afraid to reveal my real name. You know I am right, Roger. If it wasn't you, Roger, then you would have been offended by all the other responses in this blog. LOL

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 11 months ago

All I'd like to say to Rep. Fullerton is......Buh-Bye! Buh Bye!

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shep 2 years, 11 months ago

Another joke for this wonderful city!

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Justice4Moma 2 years, 11 months ago

I kenw this was comming! Who did nt? Good Ole Boy System still going strong.I agree with ABYtaxpayer,100%.

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