Barbee resigns

September 17, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---David Barbee resigned from the Augusta Housing Authority effective yesterday, September 16. Mayor Deke Copenhaver made the announcement this morning.

"I understand that Mr. Barbee has served faithfully as a commissioner on the board for two years," Copenhaver said in a statement. "He has expressed to me his sincere regret for the inappropriate wording of his recent email. He apologizes to anyone in the Augusta community that he may have inadvertently offended.

"I have accepted his apology and with God's help, may we forgive and move forward as a community of trust and hope."

The Augusta NAACP issued this statement: "The Augusta Branch NAACP supports Mr. Barbee's decision to resign as a member of the Augusta Housing Authority. We pray that the community will be forgiving and help us to move this great city forward. May God continue to bless the city of Augusta."

Barbee came under fire recently for an email he sent to two local developers. Many called its contents racist or socioeconomically insensitive. Barbee stated that he was paraphrasing others, that he wrote the email hastily, and that what he said was not politically correct.

You can read Barbee's email, as well as the emails he says he was writing in response to, at the bottom of this story.

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