Milledgeville City Council takes no action with ethics ruling

MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – It’s been almost a year and controversy still surrounds Milledgeville City Council members and the city manager.

Despite an ethics recommendation, city council members decided to not take action in regards to Barry Jarrett’s job. He is still the city manager.

It was a huge turn out at Tuesday night’s Milledgeville City Council meeting. Residents crowded into the chamber room more than an hour before the meeting was scheduled to start. Many of them wanted the answer to one question: What’s going to happen to Barry Jarrett now that the special master released his findings in the ethics complaints?

The special master, Patrick Longan, recommended Jarrett be removed from his position as city manager. Longan claims Jarrett violated his authority when he withdrew $5.1 million from Century Bank and Trust and invested it with Wells Fargo last March. 

Council members went into executive session to talk about what action they would take with Jarrett. As they did, some residents held up signs reading “Jarrett must go” as part of a silent protest. 

A few minutes later, another group held up signs that said “Jarrett must stay.”

Council didn’t take action on the issue because Jarrett can still appeal the special master’s recommendations. He has until March 18th to file the paperwork. 

The city attorney says it would be appropriate for council to take action if an appeal is not filed, or if the Baldwin County Superior Court makes a ruling. 

Jarrett tells 41NBC he is thankful for all the support he’s received. He adds he has not made a decision whether he will file an appeal. 

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