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Coleman remains Dougherty school board attorney

July 16, 2007

Albany-- Former Albany mayor Tommy Coleman will continue to serve as the Dougherty County school board attorney. But that decision met with some opposition and controversy.

School board members had a rather heated debate at a special meeting Monday night. Their original contract was with the law firm of Hodges, Irwin, Hedrick and Coleman.

When that firm dissolved so did the contract. Coleman wanted to continue as the school system's lawyer, but some board members said it's time for a change.

"There isn't going to be a change primarily because of the good old boy network, and their not wanting to change the status que," said District 1 board member, David Maschke.

"Our relationship with Mr. Coleman has been very positive. He's been very proactive and very diligent attorney," said District 6 Vice Chairman, Michael Windom.

The final vote was five to two in favor of a deal with Tommy Coleman's new firm Perry and Walters. Coleman has served as school board attorney for more than ten years.

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