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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

July 16, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany's Downtown Manager issued a public apology Wednesday afternoon after his arrest on a misdemeanor charge Tuesday night.

 40-year old Don Buie was charged with obstructing a 9-1-1 call. His wife, 34-year old Shanon Buie, was charged with simple battery.

Police say during a dispute at the couple's home, She slapped him in the face and ripped his shirt. Police say Mr. Buie ripped a phone out of the wall when his wife tried to call 9-1-1.

Buie and his wife turned themselves at the Sheriff's Office Wednesday afternoon and were released after being booked.

Buie's written statement says he and his wife love each other and will seek counseling. Buie wrote "I would like to express to the community my profound regret for the widely reported incident which occurred recently.  My wife Shanon and I have always enjoyed a loving and committed relationship.  While we have had, like any married couple, our disagreements in the past, the emotion-driven escalation that occurred on July 15 th has never happened before, and God willing, will never happen again.  We love each other and are devoted to each other. However, we do recognize that professional counseling will be a benefit to our relationship.  We intend to seek counseling with a loving and committed heart.  We both deeply regret the incident and do sincerely apologize to the community for any embarrassment we may have caused.  Shanon and I are committed to each other and we are committed to Albany. We hope to have the community's continued support as we work through this together."

Buie remains on the job as Downtown Manager and Executive Director of the Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority.

 The city personnel policy does not address city employees being arrested on misdemeanor charges.

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