Dawson works to find interim city manager while current one is in jail

    Dawson works to find interim city manager while current one is in jail./ Photo: Alexandria Ikomoni

    The Dawson city leaders started their search for an interim city manager while Barney Parnacott sits in jail.

    Parnacott was originally facing charges for aggravated sodomy, but a felony charge of theft by taking and another charge of false statements or writings have been added to the list of charges.

    He’s being held in the Terrell County Jail and was denied bond.

    The Dawson City Commission went into executive session to figure out a plan for an interim city manager while Parnacott is on administrative leave.

    The current clerk, Sheri Howard, has taken the duties, but Dawson City Attorney Tommy Coleman said she doesn't want the job.

    She retired from the city the day the news broke about the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arresting Parnacott.

    Coleman has been told by the city to work with a consultant to find a temporary replacement.

    "If we can find somebody who's been a city manager and will work for us for two, three, or four months, until we can resolve this matter is what we're expecting to do."

    Until a replacement has been found, Howard will continue to complete the duties.

    The board unanimously voted to give her roughly $6,000 a month until an interim city manager has been found.

    Coleman adds the salary is the same for everyone that takes the position as city manager.

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