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28 February 2014

Sen. Donzella James Blocks Money Saving Idea So Her Chief of Staff Can Get Paid the Big Bucks

Georgia State Senator Donzella James (D - College Park) says she supports the right of citizens to determine their own destiny.

At a January town hall meeting, James declared, "I wanted you to know that I, as a citizen, don't necessarily like the fact that these other people, who we don't vote for, can decide our destiny."

James' comments came in response to a question about the current style of governance that rules unincorporated south Fulton County.

Unincorporated south Fulton is governed by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Commissioners elected from across the county frequently decide planning and zoning, taxation, and other quality of life issues for south Fulton. However, most Fulton County Commissioners do not live in south Fulton and are rarely impacted by the decisions they make about south Fulton.

Notwithstanding her comments in support of local control over local issues, Senator Donzella James is blocking a proposal to save Douglas County taxpayers some money. The Douglas County Sentinel has the story:

State Rep. Micah Gravley (R-Douglasville) said Wednesday he plans to introduce legislation that would cut the Douglas County Board of Education’s pay by 10 percent, but the proposal may be dead on arrival in the Senate with Donzella James (D-Atlanta) saying she won’t support it.

The [Board of Education] signed off on a resolution asking local legislators for the pay cut in January by a 4-0-1 vote, with Democrat D.T. Jackson abstaining.

That action came after the Sentinel revealed last May that the BOE is the second-highest paid school board in the state as a result of 2002 legislation by former state representatives Bob Snelling and Bill Hembree that currently ties their pay to the salaries of superior court judges.

[State Senator Donzella] James’ Chief of Staff Tyler Barr is running as a Democrat for the seat now held by incumbent Sam Haskell. If the bill doesn’t pass, if elected, Barr would be able to keep the state’s second highest board salary.

Daniel, Ron (28 February 2014). Senator says she’ll kill effort to cut BOE pay. Douglas County Sentinel. Retrieved on 28 February 2014.


In her own words, Senator James said, "I wanted you to know that I, as a citizen, don't necessarily like the fact that these other people, who we don't vote for, can decide our destiny."

State Senator Donzella James lives in Fulton County. She pays zero property taxes to the Douglas County School Board. Due to the rules of the Georgia Senate, however, James gets to block an effort to save Douglas County taxpayers a few dollars. And she's doing it so her chief of staff can become one of the highest paid school board members in Georgia, should he emerge victorious in the looming school board elections.