Earlier today, Bishop John Burr volunteered himself to take over the Dougherty County library board should current board chairman Guy Craft opts to resign. Burr claims that should he become chairman, he believe that he can keep Westtown and Southside libraries open with the current resources. Burr’s doesn’t appear to have offered the Dougherty County Commission any evidence of just how he would actually accomplish this.
The Albany Herald reported that Burr said, “Mr. Craft said at the meeting that he would resign.” Burr reportedly went on to say, “If Mr. Craft resigns and you appoint me chairman of the library board, we can keep those libraries open utilizing the resources available.” Unfortunately for Bishop Burr, Craft’s resignation was called for by commissioner John Hayes, but Craft himself said nothing of the sort.
Thus far, Craft has made no official moves to resign, and there appears to be no reason to expect that situation to change. However, the move has had a few in the community shaking their heads. One county employee, who asked to remain anonymous, expressed concern over how many leaders within black churches in the area seem to feel they need to get involved in government. “First, you had Lorenzo Heard trying to get on the school board ballot, then you have one of his employees who did get on there, and now you have something like this? The fact is, Guy Craft chose to shut down two libraries to be fiscally responsible. But Burr? He clearly doesn’t get it.”
Burr is a long time community activist who most recently spoke out against the propose career academy the Dougherty County Board of Education proposed, arguing that now was not the right time for a charter school and expressed concern over the lack of control the board would have over a charter school.
Prior to that, Burr argued before the school board that Dougherty County school superintendent Joshua Murfree’s contract should be equal to or greater than previous superintendent Sally Whatley’s, despite Murfree having spent no time in pre-secondary education.