News 12 First at Five, September 16, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga. --- David Barbee resigned from the Augusta Housing Authority on Sunday after a prayer meeting with the mayor and the head of the Authority.
Yesterday, Mayor Deke Copenhaver, Rodger Murchison, head of the Housing Authority board, and Barbee met at the First Baptist Church. Mayor Copenhaver said they came together and prayed for about an hour and a half and decided Barbee should resign.
"So it was not that I forced Dave out of anything, but we all agreed that this was the best way to proceed forward, and I applaud him for deciding to go this route," Copenhaver said.
Mayor Copenhaver said Barbee put a lot of thought into it and said this was the best decision for the community.
"Once again, this has been a difficult situation for Dave and for his family, so I would ask for people to pray for him and for his family and really the community needs to heal. It's over and done with and we're moving forward," Copenhaver said.
So what happens now? Copenhaver said he will have to appoint another person to take over the position at some point.
"I have not made a decision with regards to that as of yet. I'm going to take a little time to do that. But here again, the situation is now over and were moving forward," he said.
Mayor Copenhaver said he is satisfied with the final decision.
"I think it was done in the proper fashion. The fact that we met at a church, we prayed together, and this was a mutually agreed upon decision. It was just the right thing to do," Copenhaver said.