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Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson explained the process Clayton County Director of Finance, Angela Jackson, used to avoid testifying before a special purpose grand jury.
JONESBORO Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson may find herself calling at least some of the shots on a forensic audit ordered last month by the Clayton County Board of Commissioners.
The commission is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to appoint Lawson to “supervise” the audit, which is being conducted by the While Elm Group, LLC, according to a copy of the governing body’s meeting agenda. If the measure is approved, the county’s finance office would transfer $300,000 to Lawson’s office so she can pay White Elm Group to do the audit.
The meeting is set to begin at 7 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at the Board of Commissioners Building, located at 112 Smith St. A pre-meeting to discuss items on the agenda is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the board’s conference room.
New Commission Chairman Jeff Turner said last month that the audit was needed so he could feel “comfortable” about the dealings of the county’s finance department. Documents show the audit would focus on how past commissioners dealt with finances.
Meanwhile, Lawson’s office is conducting an ongoing investigation into Commissioners Sonna Singleton and Gail Hambrick, Finance Director Angela Jackson, former Commissioner Wole Ralph and former County Manager Wade Starr.
In other action, the commission is expected to deal with several other resolutions, including one to allow State Sen. Gail Davenport (D-Jonesboro) host a Black History Month Celebration at the J. Charley Griswell Senior Center. Commissioners are also expected to consider a conditional use permit to allow a 70-foot billboard to be erected at 3100 Mt. Zion Parkway, in Stockbridge.
The purchase of a $250,428 Lenco Bearcat Armored Vehicle for the Clayton County Police Department is also expected to be considered by the commission.