Milledgeville Mayor Richard Bentley says he wants City Manager Barry Jarrett out of office. That's after controversial comments Jarett made about retaliation were caught on tape.
Bentley says he spoke with Jarrett this morning about his position and that Jarrett wants to keep his job.
But Bentley says the damage has already been done and wants to be clear that the city doesn't tolerate the retaliation Jarrett spoke of in that recorded conversation where he said, "Let me ask you something. What's wrong with retaliation? That's the way we do business."
"I just want to make sure that it is known that Milledgeville does not work from retaliation," he said, "From the comments I've had from the community, that's the one thing they're concerned about too is that there were statements made like that. It does raise some concern and they want to know what is going to be done about it."
Bentley says the city council now has three options regarding the city manager position: asking Jarrett to resign, retire or be dismissed. But while Bentley says he holds Jarrett accountable, he isn't pleased with Councilman Walter Reynolds decision to tape and release the discussion.
"You do have to address the issue of it being taped. It may not be unlawful, but it's certainly unethical and immoral. And I think somewhat deceitful for someone to tape a conversation," Bentley said.
Jarrett has worked for the city of Milledgeville since 1988 and was Director of Water and Sewer before his current role as City Manager.