City of Griffin names Jessica O’Connor deputy city manager

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin has promoted Jessica Whatley-O’Connor to the newly created position of deputy city manager. She was promoted from her previous position of chief of staff/staff attorney, a position she has held since July 2016. O’Connor says her new position will assist in further streamlining city operations. “The reporting […]

Griffin City Attorney Drew Whalen submits false statement to Attorney General’s Office

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin City Attorney Drew Whalen submitted a false statement to the Georgia Attorney General’s Office in response to a criminal complaint filed by The GRIP Publisher Sheila Mathews. Following multiple refusals to release a public record over a period of several months, Mathews in November filed a complaint with the Griffin […]

Spalding County awarded grant from ACCG Insurance Programs

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding County has been awarded an Employee Safety Grant from the Association County Commissioners of Georgia-Self Insurance Workers’ Compensation Fund (ACCG-GSIWFC). The grant program is available to Fund members that are fostering a culture of workplace safety through additional training, equipment or services. “We are pleased to provide this newly created grant […]

Spalding County Parks staff receives top honors at annual GRPA business meeting

Felicia Camp received the Administrative Network Distinguished Professional Award for the state. Photo courtesy of Spalding County Parks STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding County Parks staff was recently honored with two of the four Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA) Distinguished Professional Awards. The staff was recognized for outstanding work and dedication to Spalding County Parks […]

Recount in Griffin mayoral race shows numbers unchanged

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The recount conducted today in the city of Griffin mayoral race between Doug Hollberg and Daa’ood Amin concluded with the same vote count originally reported. The results of the election and recount indicate Hollberg is the victor with 1,374 votes to Amin’s 1,359. There were also five write-in votes. According to […]

Griffin mayoral candidate seeks recount

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Mayoral candidate Daa’ood Amin has requested a recount in the Nov. 5 race in which the uncertified result shows he trailed his Republican opponent, Doug Hollberg, by 15 votes “He (Amin) did request a recount,” said Spalding County Election Supervisor Marcia Ridley, who explained the requirements to initiate the process. […]

Hawbaker: Disobedience of traffic laws in Sun City Peachtree is “unbelievable”

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Commissioner Don Hawbaker – who described the disobedience of traffic laws in Sun City Peachtree as “unbelievable” – has requested to have every street in gated community approved for the use of speed detection devices. Hawbaker’s request was made during the Oct. 21, Board of Commissioners meeting as officials […]

Investigative report leads to The GRIP’s removal from Griffin PD’s press lists

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The recent publication of an article reporting Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates, in his official capacity, fabricated and released a false document targeting a private citizen resulted in the removal of The GRIP from all GPD press lists. Those lists from which Mathews was removed are used to disseminate information […]

GPD Chief says questions about his actions are “foolishness”

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has learned that Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates did have a response to Publisher Sheila Mathews’ Sept. 11 email that included a list of questions regarding whether his actions in fabricating and disseminating a false document had violated GPD policies or state criminal laws. Although he did not […]

Spalding Co. Commissioner Don Hawbaker arrested for DUI

SHEILA A MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Don Hawbaker was on Monday evening arrested in Fayette County on a charge of driving under the influence. Hawbaker was arrested by the Peachtree City Police Department and booked into the Fayette County Jail at approximately 6:30 p.m. His bond was set at $3,520. […]

Four jail inmates graduate from Serve-Safe program

STAFF REPORT ::: Four inmates of the Spalding County Jail have graduated from the Serve-Safe food service program. Designed to teach potential restaurant employees the skills needed to safely and properly prepare food in a commercial setting, the Spalding County Jail program was carried out by Aramark Food Company. “The program was sponsored by the […]

GPD Chief fabricated, released record identifying Will Sanders as Matthew Boynton’s father

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP, through a series of Open Records requests (ORRs), has obtained public records establishing that Griffin Police Department Chief Michael F. Yates fabricated and released to some media outlets a document falsely identifying Will Holloway Sanders as the father of former Griffin police officer Matthew Lee Boynton. Sanders, who has […]

FBI: Majority of $800K lost in city of Griffin cyber attack recovered

STAFF REPORT ::: The Federal Bureau of Investigation has recovered nearly all of the $802,499.21 stolen from the city of Griffin during a June 2019 cyberattack. According to a press release issued by the city of Griffin, $789,065.16 was recovered by the FBI, and of the remaining $13,434.05 deficit, the city will pay a $10,000 […]

County refuse collection centers impacted by city transfer station fire

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding county officials are advising residents that the fire at the city of Griffin transfer station may result in delays at the county’s refuse collection centers. According to a press release issued by Spalding County, the city’s transfer station is utilized for the disposal of household garbage and recyclables from many of […]

Spalding BoC seeking property tax increase

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners is seeking to increase the 2019 General Fund property taxes to be levied by 6.81 percent over the rollback millage rate. According to a press release issued by Spalding County, the Board of Tax Assessors is required to annually review the assessed value for property tax […]