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Murfree finances called into question

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  A background check on Dougherty County Schools Superintendent finalist Joshua Murfree turned up some past financial problems.

Court documents show in 2003 Murfree settled with Midland Credit Management in a judgement that allowed him to repay $13,319.20, plus interest in $250 payments. Court documents also show he owed Sears more than $3,767.18 in 2001 and eventually settled a claim with DoLee Rentals in 2000 for more than $640.50.

"What the board chooses to do with that and the assessment of a person applying for the job is clearly up to them it's not a legally disqualifying matter," said Tommy Coleman, DCSS Board Attorney.

Murfree has been made aware that the board will require a full background check before he is hired. An initial credit check by the Georgia School Board Association did not turn up the recently discovered information.

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