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New Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeff Turner listens as Commissioner Gail Hambrick asks a question at their first meeting of the year Wednesday night. Turner made his presence felt immediately when County Manager Wade Starr was fired in the first step toward a shake-up of the county government's structure.
By Kathy Jefcoats
JONESBORO -- The first meeting of the year of the Clayton County Board of Commission opened Wednesday night to a standing-room only crowd.
The meeting started at 7 p.m., the first for newly-elected Chairman Jeff Turner and Commissioner Shana Rooks. The board recognized former Chairman Eldrin Bell and Clayton County police Officer Michael Hooks, who was injured last month when he was hit by a car while on duty. The audience of about 200 gave Hooks a standing ovation.
Rooks made a motion to name Commissioner Michael Edmondson vice-chairman. The motion passed over objections by commissioners Sonna Singleton and Gail Hambrick.
The just-named Wole Ralph Recreation Center was renamed the South Clayton Recreation Center with the same vote.
The board also voted 3-2, with Singleton and Hambrick dissenting, to abolish the office of county manager and terminate the contract of County Manager Wade Starr.
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