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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Government consolidation took a step forward Tuesday when the Albany city commission tentatively voted to send a consolidated charter to the Georgia General Assembly.

The city and county have spent months crafting a charter that would create guidelines for a consolidated government. Their only sticking point now is whether to create a full-time C.E.O. position and determine a salary.

Commissioner Tommie Postell says he doesn't understand the rush to move consolidation forward. He says it's just a conspiracy by the county to take control of the majority black city.

He said, "They want to take back over from the Caucasian side and operate the county, it's just that simple. That's why I'm firmly against consolidation."

The vote by commissioners Tuesday morning was just a committee vote, and it must be approved by the whole commission at the next week before it's official.

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