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Screven County Attorney Resigns, Recommends Attorney Repping Neighboring County on His Way Out  

The attorney for the Screven County Board of Commissioners resigned effective immediately on Tuesday ahead of the regularly scheduled commission meeting. 

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Commissioners were notified Tuesday morning around 7:30 a.m., about an hour and a half before the 9:00 a.m meeting, that Hubert Reeves was stepping down from his position. It was formally announced during the Commission meeting. 

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TheGeorgiaVirtue.com obtained a copy of the resignation letter, which is dated May 9, 2022. The letter from Reeves cites “aging out” as the reason behind his departure. 

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It also recommends Statesboro attorney George Rountree as the recommended counsel in the interim. Rountree currently represents Jenkins County, which borders Screven County. 

Traditionally, local government agencies that border each other or reside within one another don’t share legal counsel due to the possible conflict which could arise in the event of a dispute. Jenkins County, having retained Rountree first, would prevail with the representation, leaving Screven County without any. The two counties are also currently intertwined in a contract dealing with trash hauling and landfill use, via Atlantic Waste Services. 

The City of Claxton and Evans County dealt with a similar conflict roughly a decade ago after sharing the same legal council for years.

The complete letter obtained under the Georgia Open Records Act is below. 

Jessica Szilagyi
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Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of The Georgia Virtue. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta, a commentator on the 'Let Me Tell You Why You're Wrong Podcast,' and she has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers." Sign up for her weekly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gzYAZT

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