Worth County Chairman responds to allegations and recall attempt
The Worth County Courthouse in downtown Sylvester, GA
Chairman Mike Cosby, Worth County Board of Commissioners
The Board of Commissioners room in the Worth County Courthouse in downtown Sylvester, GA
SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -
New Worth County Commission chairman denies any wrong doing so far in his first year in office.
Some residents accuse Cosby of contributing to the county's budget problems and holding illegal meetings. Cosby says the recall attempt is just a political ploy.
Worth County residents working to recall county commission chairman Mike Cosby say the state attorney general's office is reviewing more than a dozen violations of the state's sunshine law committed by Cosby. But Cosby said so far he has not heard from anyone with the attorney general's office.
"I feel like if it was anything to it, that we would have already received some kind of correspondence or notice from the attorney general's office. And we've received no notice at all from the attorney general's office," said Chairman Mike Cosby, Worth County Board of Commissioners.
The chairman denies ever holding a meeting without informing the public or the media.
"I think a lot of this is just simply to put pressure on me to resign. And I have no intention of resigning," he said.
The effort to remove Chairman Mike Cosby from office was kicked into overdrive after a divided board fired E-911 director Kennetha Clem last month and then affirmed that decision this week.
"You're always gonna have folks out there that don't agree with what you're doing. And I'm looking to make some changes in Worth County. I just would like to see Worth County start to grow," Cosby said.
The county has lost $3.4 Million in tax revenue since millage rates were rolled back in 2009, creating a roughly $1.1 Million debt. But the chairman said much of that was set in stone before he was elected last November.
"This is why we're in the mess we're in the mess we're in right now financially. It's starting to get a little bit better because we're getting property taxes in now. But still, it's a problem," he said.
And he's confident he'll remain in office.
"(Do you think you're gonna be recalled?) We'll wait and see, but I really don't think so. I think that we'll just have to wait and see," the Chairman said.
Cosby said there are those in Worth County who support what he is doing and is ready to continue moving the county forward.
Those wanting to recall Cosby will need 3,500 signatures on their petitions. The recall leaders believe they will file their application in the coming weeks.