Gwinnett Co Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Charles Bannister resigns amid speculations of corrupt land deals, CBS Atlanta

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Gwinnett County Commission Chair Charles Bannister has resigned his post.Bannister released the following statement:“It is with deep regret that I announce my immediate resignation as Chairman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners.“While I am proud of Gwinnett County Government’s many accomplishments over the past six years and had hoped to guide more of this Board’s work to completion, I find myself near the end of an extremely trying year that has placed an undeserved strain on my family and has threatened my own health.“I believe that stepping down at this time is necessary to preserve my family’s well-being and will allow the important business of Gwinnett County to move forward without further distraction.”County Administrator Glenn Stephens also released a statement:“Citizens should expect county government’s normal day-to-day operations to continue during this transition period. Gwinnett County Government is a strong, well-managed organization comprised of capable leadership and employees, and they will keep the important work of county government moving forward.“The Board’s Vice-Chairman, Shirley Lasseter, is empowered to fulfill the Chairman’s responsibilities when the position is vacant. Over the next several days, County staff will review state law to determine the timing and process for permanently filling the Chairman’s seat.”CBS Atlanta News is following this story and will have more information as it becomes available

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