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WALB-TV files suit against Dougherty Co. School Board

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Two Albany television stations and the daily newspaper are suing the Dougherty County School Board.

The suit will be filed by WALB-TV, WFXL-TV, and the Albany Herald late this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

The suit seeks to force the school board to abide by Georgia's Open Records law.

Additionally, the media outlets are seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent the school board from formally hiring Dr. Joshua Murfree as school superintendent until the board complies with the requirements of the Open Records Act.

The suit comes on the heels of the board's decision to move forward with its selection of Murfree as the only finalist, even though the school board's own attorney says the selection process violated the Open Records Law.

Murfree was chosen from a field of 37 candidates and was ranked 34th out of the 37 in his qualifications.

School Board attorney Tommy Coleman determined yesterday that the board violated the Open Records Laws by failing to publicize the names of the top three candidates for the job.

The hiring cannot become official until 14 days after his selection is announced.

The media outlets are hoping to block that from happening until the board complies with the law.

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