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Dougherty Co. Commission hires lobbying firm for storm recovery

County commissioners hope that the lobbying firm can help with storm recovery (Source:WALB) County commissioners hope that the lobbying firm can help with storm recovery (Source:WALB)
Commissioners voted unanimously on the resolution (Source:WALB) Commissioners voted unanimously on the resolution (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

On Thursday, Dougherty County commissioners voted unanimously to hire a lobbying firm to help with recovery from the January 2nd and 22nd storms.

The firm ‘Cornerstone’ will advocate for the community in Washington D.C. and hopefully identify and secure financial aid towards recovery efforts.

Commissioners were originally going to vote on the resolution earlier this week at their regular meeting, but commissioners asked for more time to learn about the firm.

Dougherty County Commission Chairman Chris Cohilas told WALB News 10 earlier this week that the lobbying firm contract would be short-term and cost around $13,000 per month for six months.

Chairman Cohilas told WALB News 10 that the firm could bring needed help for citizens.

"There's no guarantee, but unless we actually engage with Washington then we're guaranteed to get nothing. So, that's why you have to do these things," Cohilas said.

The contract is effective immediately and will last for the next six months. After six months, it will become a month to month contract.

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