A Barrow County man filed a complaint last week against Northeast Georgia Regional Airport manager Glen Boyd over a shoving incident in the airport hall following a meeting between county commissioners and airport authority members. Boyd is currently on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
Danny Yearwood filed the complaint against Boyd with the Barrow County government human resources department last Wednesday, Feb. 20, saying that Boyd had called him “stupid” and then pushed against him with his chest. In his written complaint, Yearwood said airport authority chairman Sammy Everett separated the two men before the incident escalated further. "The issue is a personnel matter," said Barrow BOC chairman Doug Garrison. "We're investigating that right now. The Airport Authority Director is on administrative leave without pay pending the results of the investigation."
Yearwood had gone to the airport around noon and walked into an unannounced meeting between four members of the Barrow BOC and several members of the airport authority. The two groups were meeting to discuss how to handle Monday night’s meeting with concerned citizens about plans to expand the airport.
Yearwood said the group appeared “shocked” when he entered the room and that he questioned the legality of the meeting. BOC chairman Doug Garrison said the gathering was not an official meeting, according to Yearwood. The Barrow County charter defines a quorum of the board of commissioners as being four members of the board in addition to the chairman for a total of five members to make a quorum. Only four BOC members were at last Wednesday’s meeting.