The Barrow County Board of Commissioners has not yet decided how to respond to last week’s revelation of a previously undisclosed relationship between the husband of Barrow County Tax Commissioner Melinda Williams and the companies she has used over the past decade to pursue delinquent property taxes.
There was some indication prior to the board’s meeting Tuesday night that some kind of action would be taken, but that did not happen.
After the meeting, BOC Chairman Pat Graham said only, “We are discussing options.”
County attorney Angela Davis said this week that tax commissioners in Georgia have a “great deal of independence.” The BOC funds the office’s budget, and Williams runs it independently, she said.
But Williams is subject to the Barrow County Ethics Ordinance, Davis said.
The 2004 ordinance prohibits a “county official or employee” from acquiring or having an interest in any contract or transaction in which the official “has a reasonable opportunity to influence.”
For the full story, see the April 23 issue of the Barrow Journal.