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Ft. Oglethorpe residents file open records complaint with state

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FORT OGLETHORPE, GA (WRCB) -

Fort Oglethorpe City Council was under the fire Monday night by residents.

"We have this attitude that I can do whatever I want, whenever I want, however I want, and we're not following our own rules," said Arlene Walker.

Ron Hodges who is the Charter Chair for Fort Oglethorpe claims the charter that was sent to the state was unfamiliar.

"The charter that we got back is not what was sent back by Mullis' committee, Ft. O's committee or the original charter," said Hodges. "And if we didn't send it, who did?"   

When residents discovered the charter revisions had been turned in, Walker says she and Hodges immediately filled an open records request.

"Being the City Hall, they should have copies of that. If that's going to be the law," said Walker.

However she says they were unsuccessful.

"So I had to call the mayor and tell him twice I had asked for the information that the city should have it because it would affect the governance of our city," said Walker.

Walker filed an open records complaint with the Georgia Attorney General.

The Attorney General wrote the city telling them they had 7 business days to fill the request.

"The bottom line is open records acts were filled, information was not given," said Walker.

Mayor Lynn Long admits the city could have handled the requests better.

"The City probably hasn't done a very good job addressing those. If we had done a good job we probably wouldn't have gotten a letter from the attorney general saying he was going to look into it," said Long.

The Attorney General has requested the city produce copies of all minutes, notices, agendas and executive session affidavits for every meeting held by the city since December of 2013.

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