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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The Dougherty County School Board's attorney says board members broke the law by announcing only one finalist for the superintendent's job.

Tommy Coleman sent a letter to board members informing them they violated the state's open records act.

A special meeting has been called Wednesday to discuss the letter and board member Michael Windom's request to revisit the selection of Dr. Joshua Murfree as the lone finalist.

Attorney Tommy Coleman says the board's decision to release only Murfree's name when other finalists existed was wrong.

"I think from statements made by members of the board to the press, there were finalists and the fact that there were three people contacted and told their name may be released to the public and the press that would leave one to believe that they were following that procedure and interrupted it and I think resulting in the violation," said Tommy Coleman, Dougherty County School Board Attorney.

In the letter, Coleman wrote that no one has ever litigated that portion of the Open Records Act, but the board could be fined, and the Attorney general could bring criminal or civil action.

Wednesday's special meeting will be held at noon in the School Administration Building at 200 Pine Avenue.

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