UPDATE 5:15 p.m.: Special called meeting time updated to 5 p.m.; was 5:15 p.m., adds executive session

UPDATE 12:20 p.m.: County Clerk Courtney Rushin issues Special Called Meeting Agenda

Two weeks after firing longtime Clayton County Chief Financial Officer Ramona Bivins with no reason stated and appointing Deputy CFO of Budget, Grants and SPLOST Dennis Johnson as interim CFO, the Clayton County Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting just prior to Tuesday’s work session. The Clayton Crescent has confirmed that Johnson retired at the end of last week.

Monday afternoon, a special called meeting was rescheduled to 5 p.m. Tuesday, adding an executive session:

The BOC had listed the special called meeting for 5:15 p.m. on its meeting page last week. No agenda for the special called meeting had been listed as of press time on Monday, nor had it been posted outside 112 Smith Street when The Clayton Crescent checked this morning:

After this story was published Monday, Commission Clerk Courtney Rushin forwarded The Clayton Crescent a copy of the Special Called Meeting Agenda, along with a copy of the public notice for the special called meeting.” Georgia’s Open Records Act requires notices of special called meetings to be published at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting, barring special circumstances; this notice is in compliance with state law:

According to the notice, the purpose of the meeting is twofold: to appoint an interim CFO and to discuss “Revision(s) to Resolution 2022-132.”

The Special Called Meeting Agenda we received, which also has been posted on the BOC meeting website, shows that discussion specifically is about a “Request for Accounting Firm Recommendation from County Auditor.” The county auditor is Mauldin and Jenkins, an outside accounting consultant that serves government bodies like the BOC.

Immediately following the special called meeting will be the regular biweekly business meeting at 5:30 p.m Tuesday, June 28. On the agenda are several items of relevance to county finances, including the monthly finance report that was supposed to have been given by Johnson; a request from Central Services Director Carol Rogers to amend Ordinance 2022-62, which is about procedures for change orders and contract modifications; a presentation on reallocating federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) COVID-19 money by Chalonda Smith; a discussion of how often the county should hold work sessions by Chief Staff Attorney Charles Reed; and an item on “professional services”—meaning a contract—”regarding assistance in the Finance Department,” to be presented by Chief Operating Officer Detrick Stanford:

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