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ACC Auditor, Manager React to Report Findings

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Maddox reacts to Prosecuting Attorneys Council decided against criminal action against ACC manager Blaine Williams.

Last month, the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council decided against criminal action against Clarke County Manager Blaine Williams. The decision the latest development in the ongoing chronicle involving County Auditor Stephanie Maddox who, accused Williams and Mayor Kelly Girtz of discrimination and harassment after she filed a formal request for information on a 2018 wage study. She spoke with WUGA about the findings.

“I am disappointed, but I do understand the law,” Maddox said. “I do understand that hands were tied.”

Maddox said she didn’t imagine the process would still be ongoing nearly three years later.

She discussed what the current work environment is like after filing that grievance.

“Almost immediately I was isolated, I did not receive phones calls back, so the lack of support was almost immediate…and we avoid each other. We do a good job of avoiding each other.”

You can hear more from Stephanie Maddox on this week’s edition of Athens News Matters.

I also reached out for a comment from County Manager Blaine Williams.

“With regards to the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council report, there is nothing criminal about having tough conversations with someone with whom you disagree,” Williams said. “It happens every day in this community and inside City Hall. I’m cooperating fully with the investigation and I’m hopeful that the facts involved in this are indeed conveyed in the near future. Ultimately, I believe the facts as I understand them, will demonstrate that neither the public’s interest nor the government employees’ interest, have been served with this whole matter.”

Williams is waiting for the completion of the investigation before fully discussing the matter.