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“Do you want to keep your streets safe?”
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Sep 12, 2013 | 1945 views | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jones County Assistant District Attorney Keagan Waystack speaks to members of the Macon media following the recent Pamela Moss murder trail. While she was interviewing prospective jurors Aug. 26, the Jones County Board of Commissioners voted to eliminate the funding for her job. The trial was the final one for Waystack as a prosecutor.  Moss was found guilty and sentenced to life without parole.
Jones County Assistant District Attorney Keagan Waystack speaks to members of the Macon media following the recent Pamela Moss murder trail. While she was interviewing prospective jurors Aug. 26, the Jones County Board of Commissioners voted to eliminate the funding for her job. The trial was the final one for Waystack as a prosecutor. Moss was found guilty and sentenced to life without parole.
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District Attorney Fred Bright seized an opportunity at a public hearing last week to plead his case about the unexpected slashing of his budget and the loss of two assistant district attorneys.

The hearing was about the county’s 2014 budget and started with County Administrator Mike Underwood stating that Jones County’s tax rate would not be going up this year despite indications to the contrary in preliminary budget meetings.

The administrator said the budget is balanced without the use of fund balance, which is the first time that has happened in several years. In addition to all that good news, Underwood said the county’s contingency fund is projected at $260,000.

Commission Chairman Preston Hawkins asked for any questions about the budget and got no response, but when he asked for any comments, Bright came to the podium.

“I want to bring you up to date. Last Monday, while we were trying Pamela Moss for murder, I got word that you canned Keagan Waystack, our county-funded assistant district attorney,” he said. “Yesterday morning my state-funded assistant district attorney, Gregory Bushway, resigned.”

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