Commissioner Grady Smith is now following the rules

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News12 at 6 o'clock / Monday, April 29, 2013

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Commissioner Grady Smith says he is now in compliance with the city's ethics ordinance. Smith says he is no longer doing work with the city.

It comes after Mayor Deke Copenhaver gave him 30 days to end his subcontract work on Fort Gordon.

"I'll tell you what I got into compliance with. Two days after the meeting, I got calls from the 911 building and others," Smith said.

He says, since his censure, he's turned down two city-related jobs.

"They call me, I don't call them. I do a good job. What else can you ask for?" Smith said.

Copenhaver asked for him to quit the job and was given an extra 30 days to comply. Smith says he was halfway through a utility project at Fort Gordon, when two other commissioners were also censured for similar violations.

It took more than 45 days, but Smith says his company ended work on Fort Gordon. Copenhaver says he went over the time limit, but this is good news.

"Sometimes these things are not as easy to unravel. I'm pleased he took the steps to get it done," Copenhaver said.

"I don't want to get caught splitting hairs because I've got enough business going on elsewhere. If somebody is scared I might make a $1 off Richmond County, it will end up costing them $17,000," Smith said.

Smith maintains all his business is above board.

"The city does not own it. I do work on a lot of city buildings that are owned by Freddy Jones. He turns around and sells them to Sally Seaweed. I don't care who they lease it to," Smith said.

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