Albany City Commissioners discuss personnel matter
(ALBANY, GA) – Tuesday morning’s Albany City Commission meeting erupted in conflict regarding the results of the general election and Ward 3 Commissioner, B.J. Fletcher.
“Until somebody wants to speak the truth and be a voice for the community at large, is that when we want to talk about it, it’s ‘oh we shouldn’t talk about this because it’s unpleasant,” said Ward 6 Commissioner, Demetrius Young during the meeting.
This on the heels of Commissioner Fetcher’s challenge on the validity of several thousand votes cast in Dougherty County for the general election.
Albany NAACP Interm President, Amna Farooqi wants action, and calls Fletcher out.
She says, “It is not okay for any commissioner, for a white commissioner especially, to be trafficking in that kind of rhetoric. So we are here because we want to hold her accountable, and we want to see the City Commission of Albany hold her accountable.”
The City Commission put Farooqi’s complaint on the agenda for a future meeting, but the community still wants answers from Commissioner Fletcher herself.
“I think that if you have the privilege of serving in an elected office, you have the responsibility of upholding certain values. And I would hope that every commissioner on this commission would stand up against bigotry…,” says Farooqi.
South Georgia TV news reached out to Commissioner Fletcher Tuesday afternoon for a statement. She has declined to comment at this time.