Fire chief faces heat at meeting

By Justin Boron

County Fire Chief Alex Cohilas got put on the hot seat at Tuesday's county commission meeting for his request to order 22 leather recliners at almost $1,000 a piece from Haverty's Furniture in Morrow.

The recliners met with opposition from Commissioner Charlie Griswell after he discovered the chairs were so unique that they could not be put out to bid, a process that typically occurs to find lowest possible price for a government contract or a purchase. "We're talking about taxpayers money here, and very seldom do you see a $1,000 recliner in their house," Griswell said.

Cohilas contended the leather chairs were necessary because the fabric upholstery on the department's current furniture has become worn.

"They will last 20 years," Cohilas said. "It will be a much more cost effective way to do this."

County Commission Chairman Crandle Bray agreed new furniture for the department was necessary but expressed reservations about purchasing such luxuriant chairs.