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Augusta Commissioner pushing for stricter penalties for Commissioners

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

It's been three weeks since Augusta Commissioners voted to censure three of their members, Grady Smith, Joe Jackson and Wayne Guilfoyle for violating the city's conflict of interest policy by doing business with the city.

"I just don't feel like censure ship is a deterrent to an ethics violation," said district one Commissioner William Fennoy.

Fennoy would like to see stricter penalties in place from this point forward.

"The person committing the offense would have to maybe step down from office. They would have to pay back all the money that was involved in the contract," suggested Fennoy.

District six Commissioner Joe Jackson says it was a mistake to do business with the city, but he says it's in the past.

"It is water under the bridge, but this is for future Commissioners, but at the end of the day I'm not worried with it, it doesn't bother me. To me it's been time to move on since it was brought out," Jackson, said.  

But before the Commission can completely move past the conflict of interest violations; they will need to agree on how they will handle similar situations in the future.

"I don't think we need more authority for punishment of our colleagues. We need to remember that some of these people that we're making judgment on are people that we're going to be working with for the next three or four years," said district five Commissioner Bill Lockett.

Marion Williams, the Commissioner for district nine, said, "I think if the law says something can be done, than I think the law will prevail and do that."

Commissioners may decide how they will handle conflict of interest cases during Tuesday's Commission meeting.

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