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Milledgeville's mayor wants city manager to step dowm

Milledgeville Mayor Richard Bentley wants the city manager to resign.

That comes after a city council member recorded a conversation

in which manager Barry Jarrett seemed to argue for retaliating against a local bank official for a critical letter to a newspaper.

Bentley on Friday said he plans to tell the city council that Jarrett should resign or retire.

He said he found the recording of the March meeting "embarrassing."

The mayor said he personally likes Jarrett and thinks he's been a great city manager, but it's time for him to go.

Bentley says he's discussed the tape with Bentley, who was apologetic and embarrassed.

It all started in January, when Chat Daniel, president of Century Bank and Trust, wrote a letter to the Milledgeville Union Recorder. He criticized the council for failing to support

The recording has some wondering whether city officials in Milledgeville moved millions of dollars in city funds away from the Century Bank and Trust in retaliation against its president.

Back in January, Chat Daniel, the bank president wrote an op-ed in the Milledgeville Union Recorder.

After a closed meeting in March, Councilman Walter Reynolds recorded council members discussing whether moving the money would be seen as retaliation.

In one part of the clip, Councilman Reynolds questions the idea when Jarrett responds "What's wrong with retaliation? It's the way you do business."

Kristen Swilley will have more on this story on Eyewitness News at 5 and 6.


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