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'Mister Chairman' seriously ill

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Dougherty County's longest serving commissioner is seriously ill. Gil Barrett served on the county commission for 40 years, 20 of them as chairman.  About two weeks ago, Barrett got ill and went to the emergency room.

In May, Barrett from received a key to the county from current chairman Jeff Sinyard. Sinyard hopes you'll keep Barrett in your prayers. 

"They don't make 'em like Gil Barrett anymore. He was a public servant times ten and to think of him that ill is very upsetting to so many people. We're hopeful that he'll have a more speedy recovery. We're hoping that in the next few days he'll be able to get out of intensive care, but right now he just needs everybody's thoughts and prayers."

Barrett is in his late 80's. He's currently in fair condition at Phoebe Putney in the surgical intensive care unit. He retired from the commission in 1998.

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