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County retains two top employees

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Dougherty County Administrator Richard Crowdis Dougherty County Administrator Richard Crowdis
Dougherty Co. Police Chief Don Cheek Dougherty Co. Police Chief Don Cheek

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

January 26 , 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - After a couple of delays, the contracts of two top Dougherty County employees have been renewed.

The County commission Monday voted to renew the contracts of Police Chief Don Cheek and Administrator Richard Crowdis.

Both would have received six months severance pay if the county chose not to renew their contracts.

Commissioner Gloria Gaines suggested the board review contracts three months before they expire.

If they decide not to renew, they will give three months notice and three months severance pay.

"I thought that was just a little bit better than just giving an outright shove out the door. No notice and then give them six months and tell them they are gone. That just seemed inhumane and it didn't seem like good business sense to me," said County Commissioner Gloria Gaines.

If the commission did not rehire one of those positions because of malfeasance or dereliction of duties, no severance would be offered.

If they resign, they would be required to provide 60 days notice.

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