Grand Jury Clears Commissioner
Tuesday, 06 April 2010

April 6--  A Toombs County grand jury has cleared a Toombs County commissioner of any criminal intent regarding salary payments.

In October, 2008 county manager Doug Eaves found that Commissioner Roy Lee Williams had been paid $25,249.93 over and above his normal commission salary. Williams said he drew the salary of the commission chairman while he was acting chairman due to illness of former chairman Charles Rustin.  Williams received five such payments in 2003 and three more in 2008.

Toombs County commissioners referred the case to District Attorney Hayward Altman who called for a GBI investigation.  The grand jury report says "no criminal prosecution should be initiated" because the GBI found "no criminal intent" by any commissioner, past or present, as dictated by past policies of the Toombs County commission.

The grand jury also notes the creation of a county manager form of government in Toombs County eliminates such a situation from happening again.

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