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Effingham Co. meeting canceled amid audit questions

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Effingham County Commission was canceled Tuesday night amid talk of the resignation or firing of the county administrator and county clerk.

Three of the six commissioners did not come to the meeting, and it was canceled for lack of a quorum.

The commissioners who did not come to the meeting – Wendall Kessler, Reggie Loper and Steve Mason – cited family members' health issues or work obligations as their reason for being unable to attend. The meeting had been scheduled for 3:30 p.m., an hour and a half early, so commissioners could attend a 7 p.m. hearing on King America Finishing's permit to discharge wastewater into the Ogeechee River.

Commissioners Phil Keifer and Forrest Floyd, who showed up for the meeting along with Commissioner Vera Jones, said they expected County Administrator David Crawley and his wife, County Clerk Patrice Crawley, to submit their resignations at the meeting.

"I don't have any confidence in the current administration," Floyd said in a Wednesday telephone interview.

Keifer and Floyd say issues with the Crawleys' leadership arose during the county's annual audit. They say it remains unclear whether any criminal wrongdoing may have occurred.

Mason said there does not appear to be any criminal wrongdoing.

Neither the Effingham County Sheriff's office nor the Georgia Bureau of investigating the matter.

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