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Small business program examined

August 21, 2006  

Albany --   Did the director of Small and disadvantaged businesses in Dougherty County overlook a minority business, because she wanted the job to go to a non-minority company?

An investigation into the director of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, Pinky Douglas, indicates Douglas tried to discourage awarding a contract to a minority business, even though the company was the highest recommended.

City Manager Alfred Lott asked Central Services Director, Stephen Collier, to investigate Douglas for inappropriate conduct. Collier concluded Douglas was being subjective, rather than objective while trying to procure a company to do work at the airport.

Collier recommends that Douglas should receive extensive training or counseling on Governmental purchasing rules and regulations, that her supervisor should consider disciplinary measures and that the consortium should reevaluate the current supervisory relationships with the director.

Douglas is actually a county employee. County Administrator Richard Crowdis would not comment on the investigation because it is a personel matter.  

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