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.
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.