It was a tense week politically in Barrow County over the last seven days. The county's top administrator resigned on Monday, then the City of Winder announced the layoff of 30 employees due to the impact of the economy on city revenues, then the county's second-ranked administrator resigned on Thursday. By Friday, county leaders were scrambling to contain the fallout from the week's extraordinary events.
Friday morning, Barrow Board of Commissioners Chairman Danny Yearwood called a press conference for that afternoon to defend the two departing administrators who had come under fire for how they implemented a 2005 pay plan for county staff. At the press conference, Yearwood invited his predecessor, Doug Garrison, to address reporters, but Garrison waited until after the event to be interviewed.
Both men defended administrators Keith Lee and Michael Fischer as having only done what the BOC allowed and said that when some controversial raises were given, times were good and the county wasn't facing a financial crisis like it is today.