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School admin. suspends officer, after board fails to act

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Outgoing Dougherty County School Superintendent Sally Whatley indefinitely suspended a school police officer after the school board failed to follow the recommendation of the police chief and superintendent to fire him.

Chief Troy Conley wanted to fire Officer Keith Frazier for several issues, including failing to report a bus driver's concern after several students were seen with what appeared to be a shotgun near a bus just weeks before a large gang fight at Merry Acres Middle School. On May 26th, board members David Maschke, Emily Jean McAfee, and Michael Windom voted to terminate Frazier. Milton Griffin voted no. Board members James Bush, Velvet Riggins, and Dr. Anita William Brown abstained.

"It requires four affirmative votes to do any act on the board of education under these circumstances so by failing to vote, by abstaining that really denies the majority so it's really like a no vote so to speak, so the motion failed," said DCSS Attorney Tommy Coleman.

Several board members communicated with Officer Frazier before the vote. His suspension does not have to be approved by the board.

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