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Commission discusses City Attorney's Office personnel

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Our sources tell us the center of the problem revolves around attorney Kathy Strang, Our sources tell us the center of the problem revolves around attorney Kathy Strang,
City Attorney Nathan Davis City Attorney Nathan Davis

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The Albany City commission met behind closed doors for six hours Tuesday, discussing a personnel issue, involving the City Attorney's office. 

Employees were brought in one by one to discuss problems in the office. What's said behind closed doors, remains behind closed doors, but we were able to get Mayor Pro Tem Chris Pike to talk about the obvious.

"Well, we were talking about situations that were going on in the city attorney's office. We brought staff in to kind of get their take on some of the issues that were expressed," said Ward 3 Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem Chris Pike.

Our sources tell us the center of the problem revolves around attorney Kathy Strang, who works under City Attorney Nathan Davis.

She's the one who found a gun in Davis' desk. He was suspended for that for three days last month, but his suspension comes in the middle of personnel problems with Strang. He gave her a poor performance evaluation and recommended her termination, but was stopped by the city manager.

Pike wouldn't discuss those claims with us, but said the commission will be meeting again. "There will be ongoing conversations," said Pike. "There will definitely be further investigation into some of the things going on, there will be some executive sessions in the future as it relates to this issue."

While Davis reports directly to the commission, his employees do not. They report to Davis and ultimately to the city manager, and Pike admits that the city commission taking on a broad personnel issue like this is odd.

"It is unusual. This is an extenuating circumstance," Pike said.

While Pike would not confirm what was discussed in executive session, he did confirm an issue that was not the center of the current problem. He says Nathan Davis has been reprimanded for having a gun in his desk at work, and the commission is not rehashing that issue.

"We are through with that issue. Nathan has had his punishment if you will with that situation and we're pretty much done with that. He's admitted to that, he accepted the consequences of that and we're done with that."

But they will continue to work on straightening out problems in his office involving employees. 

Nathan Davis has been city attorney since 2003. He's been carrying a gun on his person since he was the victim of an attempted robbery several years ago.

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