Letter reveals calls for resignation, ugly tension among Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission members

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A document from the Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission (KMBBC) calls for the resignation of 4 members of its executive board. This document was supposed to be presented by the Discovery Committee last week, but the meeting took a turn when the commission was notified KMBBC was being asked to vacate its headquarters, The Pink House.

Macon-Bibb County Attorney, Judd Drake, who was present at Thursday’s meeting raised a concern about the 9 page letter from KMBBC. Discovery Committee chair, Beverly Olson, says she first presented the letter to Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert. Mayor Reichert then passed it along to Drake.

“This body can’t vote to remove other members,” said Drake.

Drake stated the commission could not make a board member resign. It would have to be a decision made by the county commission.

Drake was referring to a document he received, calling for the resignation of 4 Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission executive members–Board Chair, Adam Cochran, Past Board Chair Theresa Robinson, Treasurer, Billy Oliver and Treasurer-elect Jean Bragg.

“The Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission is established under the code of ordinance of Macon-Bibb County,” said Drake.

The 9-page document, composed by the Discovery Committee of KMBBC, recommends the board members resign, based on Code of Ethics violations. The document mentions cases where executive board members met, without notifying President and CEO Pam Carswell.

Also at Thursday’s meeting, Jansen Head, assistant county attorney spoke to the KMBBC about a section 22  in the letter. It states Carswell met with a county attorney (Head) and Head agreed with Carswell on several matters. Head denied agreeing with Carswell. She then went on to say that Carswell may have confused her nodding, with agreeing. Head’s nodding was a response to let Carswell know she was listening.

Budget issues were also mentioned. One of the items on the document states that former KMBBC accountant, Amy Tarpley, incorrectly reported that KMBBC was over budget.

Tarpley, later resigned from KMBBC to work full-time for Cherry Blossom Festival.

“From the Cherry Blossom Festival side, she (Tarpley) has been an exemplary employee, we’ve had no issues, she has 100% of our board and we were floored when we saw these allegations against her.”

Cherry Blossom Festival Chairman, Don Bailey, who read part of the document, says it did not have anything to do with them asking KMBBC to vacate the Pink House.

“We have a lot of events coming up and we’ve got the festival to worry about and we just need KMBBC to deal with their concerns somewhere else,” said Bailey. “So that’s why we’ve asked them to move out. As soon as we get to the point where they feel like they’ve solved their issues, we’d be more than happy for them to come back.”

Past Board Chair, Theresa Robinson, she says she was not aware of the letter until Thursday’s meeting. Robinson says she just read the actual copy Monday. 41NBC also reached out to other executive board members and President, Pam Carswell, but did not get a response.

Two of the executive board members, Billy Oliver and Jean Bragg resigned after Thursday’s meeting.


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