Former south Georgia school chief ordered to jail

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  The legal battle between Randolph County's former board chairman and other School Board members went all the way to the state Supreme Court, and now the chairman is headed to jail. 

The justices denied an appeal from former Chairman Henry Cook, and found him in contempt of court. He had been at odds with a majority of board members for months when a Judge ruled the majority had the right to fire the Superintendent, and choose a new chair.

Cook's argument is that a state law that allowed him to be stripped of the chairmanship is unconstitutional.

Because the matter's taken years to decide, the sheriff asked a judge to set new jail dates, which he's done.

Cook is ordered to begin his four day jail sentence on April 25th. He's to report to the Randolph County Jail at 8:00 AM.

Former Superintendent Bobby Jenkins' case still remains before the appeals court.

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