Don Holliday has stepped out of the controversy surrounding his re-appointment to the Barrow County Airport Authority by withdrawing his name as the District 4 appointee.
He did so in a Feb. 2 letter to Barrow County Commissioner Ben Hendrix, who appointed Holliday to the authority in late 2009 and requested his re-appointment in January. That request was vetoed by commission chairman Danny Yearwood after four of the six commissioners voted to approve Holliday’s re-appointment.
In the controversy that followed, the chairman’s veto power came under sharp scrutiny. When asked by state Rep. Terry England, legal council for the Georgia General Assembly offered the opinion that the chairman does not have the power to veto appointments to the airport authority. County attorney Angela Davis maintains he does.
If the controversy is not resolved, the commission could ask the State Attorney General for a ruling. Another option some commissioners are evaluating is taking to the state legislature a request for to amend the county charter in order to limit or remove the chairman's veto power.
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