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Consolidation charter changes sent to the state

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  When talk of consolidation came up, Dougherty County Commissioners voted the idea down, but the city approved it.

Now that it's headed to the legislature, county commissioners say they feel left out. The legislative delegation is moving forward with the city's proposal to merge Albany/Dougherty County, which includes a charter change that calls for a full time mayor.

"By putting that proviso in the charter I think we limit the pool of candidates that we can draw from to fill the CEO or mayor or whatever they determine to call it for the benefit of all," said Dr. Charles Lingle, Dougherty County Commissioner.

Commissioner Charles Lingle commended the city for having the foresight to let the vote go to the people. The Senate Legislative Committee must send the proposal to the House before crossover day, March 25th.

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