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City Attorney: Council members broke the law, met without telling anyone

WARWICK, GA (WALB) -

The attorney for the city of Warwick says the council broke state law when four of the five members gathered at city hall.

City Attorney Tommy Coleman said the city clerk invited all five council members to look at the rankings they made on September 10, after interviewing three finalists for the police chief job.

Four of the five showed up at the same time. The attendance constitutes a quorum and by law requires at least 24 hours public notice.

Coleman said the council members took no official action during their unplanned meeting.

"They did not choose a police chief," said Coleman. "They really inadvertently did this."

The Warwick City Council is expected to hire a new police chief September 22nd.

The state Attorney General's office is also investigating a complaint by Kay Israel who said the vote to fire chief David Morris was illegal because the move was made in a closed and unannounced meeting.

Coleman said only the Mayor and one council member were present at two meetings to discuss firing Morris.

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