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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – One of the most influential men in Dougherty County politics, former County Commission chairman Gil Barrett, was recognized Thursday for his role in making the landfill gas project a reality.

Barrett served on the county commission for 40 years, 20 of them as chairman. He was at the county's helm when the controversial Gassiert Road landfill opened. Thursday, current Chairman Jeff Sinyard presented Barrett with the first key to Dougherty County.

While Barrett says he didn't envision something as significant as this project coming to pass from the landfill, he is proud of the development.

He said, "It's such an additional step of pride for Albany and Dougherty County. I just, I'm so proud of the base, landfill and I think more and more people should realize what has gone on here."  The landfill opened in 1983. Gil Barrett retired from the commission in 1998.

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