Deal accepting applications to replace suspended Harris County commissioner | Local News | Columbus Ledger Enquirer

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Deal accepting applications to replace suspended Harris County commissioner | Local News | Columbus Ledger Enquirer

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is accepting applications from qualified residents in Harris County to replace suspended Harris County Commissioner Charles Wyatt, the governor said in a release Wednesday.

The governor will interview candidates and select a replacement in accordance with state law. OCGA 45-5-6 (d)(1) states, there being no general or local law, ordinance or resolution governing the filling of this temporary vacancy, the governor must appoint someone to fill the vacancy.

In May, a grand jury indicted Wyatt for multiple offenses involving bribery and violating his oath of office.

“The allegations involved payments made to and demanded by Commissioner Wyatt in exchange for his vote and influence on contracts approved by the county commission,” reported the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which conducted the probe.

A vendor made the allegations to other commissioners, who consulted county attorney John Taylor and advised Chief Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit Judge Gil McBride, who requested an investigation in November 2013.

The grand jury issued the indictments May 12, according to the GBI. Wyatt in a phone message in May said he is innocent, and has hired Columbus attorney Tim Flournoy for his defense.

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