‘No criminal allegations’ involved in Americus city manager suspension

Americus city manager suspended

AMERICUS, Ga. (WALB) - The Americus City Manager was suspended with pay pending an investigation, according to city officials.

No criminal allegations involved in the suspension of Americus’ City Manager, according to Mayor Barry Blount.

Charles Coney was suspended until Feb. 21, following the completion of a personnel investigation.

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Blount said the city council voted to suspend Coney after a closed session at a Thursday meeting.

"This is just an investigation that we feel like we need to do a thorough investigation from an outside third party and just see where the facts take us and go from there. Hopefully, we’ll have all those facts and we’ll be able then to make a determination about the future of Mr. Coney with the City of Americus,” said Blount.

We reached out to Coney for comment but have yet to hear back at this time.

In July 2019, Coney was censured for violating one of the International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) code of ethics.

The censure was for Coney being an elected official in Fitzgerald at the same time he was a city manager in Hampton, which is outside of Atlanta.

ICMA said that filling both leadership roles at the same time is a conflict of interest. The censure was also for Coney failing to fix the situation in a timely manner.

Coney was fired from his city manager post by the Hampton City Council in November 2018, according to the Henry Herald.

Coney was hired as city manager in February 2019.

This is a developing story and we will update as more information becomes available.

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