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Stockbridge names new interim treasurer


By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

  The Stockbridge City Council appointed a new interim treasurer Monday in a special called meeting 10 days after the previous person to hold that post resigned while making racial allegations against the city.

  Linda Nabers was the city’s lead accountant before being named interim treasurer. She has been with Stockbridge a few months, according to city officials, after spending several years as assistant finance director for Rockdale County.

  Mike Bush, who had been interim treasurer since mid-2013 but never was appointed permanently to the job, resigned Aug. 6 effective immediately by submitting a hand-delivered letter to city manager Michael Harris.

  “I am being forced to resign because the City of Stockbridge has made my working conditions unbearable,” Bush wrote. “As you know, I have been accused of illegal conduct, been called names, and been subjected to other harassment by the City of Stockbridge. The harassment I have been subjected to is racially motivated. I can no longer tolerate this racially hostile working environment.”

  Bush is not the first former Stockbridge employee in 2014 to make race-related allegations against the city. Rhonda Blackmon filed an EEOC complaint in late March, after being stripped of her duties at the first City Council meeting of the year in early January. Blackmon’s attorney wrote a letter to the city in February charging that Blackmon’s termination was void and that the appointment of a less-qualified employee to replace her was racially motivated (both Blackmon and Bush are white).

  Harris said Tuesday morning that Bush has made no official complaint of any kind as far as he knows. “We have not heard from him,” Harris said.



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