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Bell asked to resign

By Justin Boron

A small, but invigorated faction of Clayton County citizens delivered a letter to County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell Wednesday in which they asked for his resignation and accused him of poor fiscal leadership, ignoring local legislators, and reneging on his commitment to six recreation centers promised in the county's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax program.

The letter also called for Sen. Terrell Starr, D-Jonesboro, to resign because he blocked state legislation to expand the size of the county commission.

Bell and Starr did not return repeated phone calls.

The loosely formed group called Save Our Community has "grown out of discontent," said David Reed, the public relations consultant for the group.

The letter criticizes Bell for "unskillfully and naively plac(ing) the county at a financial disadvantage when (he) entered the fray between Sheriff Victor Hill and his employees."

Hill, who has been openly critical of Bell, said he did not know about the letter.

Reed admitted he supports Hill and worked on his campaign but said it had nothing to do with his group's problems with Bell.

The group also accuses Bell of denying Solicitor General Leslie Miller Terry and District Attorney Jewel Scott of the staff and budget needed for their duties.

Both said the had no knowledge of the letter until made aware of it by media.

Miller Terry said Bell hadn't denied her anything yet.