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Board to approve audit funds

By Justin Boron

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners is set to act on a finance item that would approve $58,542 in funds for an audit of the narcotics unit that led to the resignation of its supervising officer.

Special Agent in Charge Clarence Cox quit his post with the Drug Task Force Oct. 27. The audit also was used as justification for the transfer of the narcotics unit to county police supervision, which has sparked a long drawn out battle between Sheriff-elect Victor Hill and the county commission.

At the time Cox resigned, the audit was still ongoing. But preliminary findings showed evidence of "misdirected funds."

The commission also is scheduled to act on the following items:

? The creation of two new positions for code enforcement. Initially, the positions were to be created from the transfer of Sheriff's Department funds in August. But after Hill protested, the item was dropped from the county commission agenda.

? Transfer of $95,977 in Special Local Option Sales Tax funds to the Grant Fund for a traffic enhancement project.

? Approval of $27,848.74 for the purchase of 23 Dell computers for the Lovejoy Library.

? Approval of $4,399,904 to establish a budget for the Aquatic and Gymnasium Center.