White minus computer so work ceases


The White City Council met Monday for its scheduled monthly meeting but soon found it had little to discuss.All you had to do was look at the agenda sheet. Old business — none. New business — none.Two weeks before on Jan. 22, agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, armed with search warrants, raided the town’s police department and city hall. They seized the town’s computer — the one that stored all the government records — leaving the council unable to carry on business as usual.“All of the city’s records are stored in that one computer,” White City Manager Jane Richards said. “I can’t access permits, licenses or any of the city’s forms. The only thing I can do is stuff water bills in envelopes. The GBI said they would give it back very soon, but I need it back sooner.”The warrants were a result of what the GBI terms, “an ongoing public corruption investigation,” initiated in October 2015, at the request of the District Attorney’s Office regarding “allegations of extortion.”On Jan. 23, the city council suspended Police Chief David King and officer Blake Scheff with pay, leaving only one part-time officer in the White Police Department. Sheriff Clark Millsap said Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputies are continuing to provide service when White’s part-time officer is not on duty.