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Commissioner Sherri Washington disbarred from practicing law.

It is now official. Sherri Washington is disbarred. Rockdale County has a member of the Board of Commissioner disbarred for breaking the The Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct.

Rockdale Citizen – Alice Queen.
“CONYERS — The Georgia Supreme Court released an order Wednesday disbarring attorney Sherri Len Washington, who also serves as a member of the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners.
The disbarment appeared before the high court at the request of the state Disciplinary Review Board of the Georgia Bar Association, which recommended Washington be disbarred for multiple violations of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct in connection with three separate client matters. Washington was served with the formal complaint but did not respond, which is tantamount to admitting to the allegations of misconduct brought by the Disciplinary Review Board.
The Review Board appointed a special master in April 2021, who then presented its recommendation to the Supreme Court this spring. The Supreme Court’s decision was unanimous.”

The Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Oz Nesbit, says this is a personal matter and does not affect her ability to serve as a County Commissioner. One wonders to what level of malfeasance a commissioner would have to rise to elicit sanction by the BOC Chairman?

Submit your request for Commissioner Sherri Washington’s resignation HERE.

Petition for Rockdale County Forensic Audit

There have been many irregularities by the Board of Commissioners such as requesting the approval of a illegally constructed SPLOST, the illegal promotion of the SPLOST, a Commissioner being disbarred for what amounts to fraud, another Commissioner running a 501 3(c) non-profit that now has some legal questions. The failure to appoint a board to oversee the Rockdale County Water Authority so that bonds can be raised by the county without the over sight of a board, and used for county projects, the creation of a Secret Task Force to force the costruction of an Old Town Courthouse costing $150 million that was defeated once by the citizens of the county. The citizens now know that engineering forms were consulted and brought in to do design concepts as early as February, 2022. This has never been mentioned at a single BOC Public Meeting. All done behind a cloak of secrecy.

Many citizens of Rockdale County no longer trust the integrity of the Board of Commissioners and their management of our county government.

In light of this lack of trust, many citizens of the county have expressed their desire to The Rockdale Voter to have an independent forensic audit to uncover any other possible shady actions by the BOC. Former BOC Chairman Richard Oden is supporting this petition and will be invaluable in any audit as he is very familiar with how the County Government should be managed and run.

If you are one of these citizens, please sign the petition HERE

Some of the Issues that need investigating.

  • The alleged $20 million missing in fund balance reserves (2017-2021)
  • Federal Cares Act Grant Funds Possible Infractions (2020-2021)
  • Alleged Purchasing and Procurement Policies and Procedures Infractions (2017-2021)
  • Alleged Purchasing and Procurement Policies and Procedures Infractions (2017-2021)
  • Human Resources unapproved job description(s) infraction(s) without consensus of the full Legislative BOC (2017-2021)

Secret Courthouse Committee Revealed

First Public Meeting: Thursday April 28, 2022 at 5:00 P.M. in Courtroom 225C

Due to the efforts of  The Rockdale Voter the secret courthouse committee has been exposed. This committee was formed in secret without public knowledge to overrule Rockdale County Citizens to a downtown courthouse and rubberstamp the building of a downtown courthouse for $150 million instead of at Parker road for $50 million. Despite pressure from a high pressure lobby group this plan was defeated once. The second attempt is a hand picked committee headed by Janice van Ness who headed up the group pushing for the courthouse in the first committee to build a downtown courthouse.

County Committee Members

Sheriff Eric Levett
Judge Mumford
Judge Reid

Citizen Members

Janice van Ness – Chair
Doug Smith
Wendy Armstrong
Dr. Steven Boyle
Franklin Buford
Donal Murphy

School Tax Exemption.

With your support the School Tax Exemption for our seniors was raised from $35,000.00 to $50,000.00.

If we stick together as a community, we can have a voice.

Public Facilities Authority

With your support, although the Public Facilities Authority Bill was passed, it was not passed they way the resolution was written giving the BOC a free hand to indebt the county without any oversight. SB 638 is a very different animal than the BOC tried to get passed. You can read the bill HERE.

Our Delegation voted to APPROVE the Public Facilities Authority. It has now gone on to Governor Kemp to sign. If you want to contact Governor Kemp to VETO SB638 call 404-656-1776. You will be answered by a live person and be recorded. ALSO, go to https://georgia.gov/contact-georgiagov and write your opposition to SB638 and ask him on behalf of the citizens of the county to VETO the bill.