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BoE votes to fire Reese
Former chief financial officer had been on administrative leave since January
Roger Reese
Roger Reese.

The Liberty County Board of Education voted Thursday to accept the recommendation of a tribunal panel and is firing former Liberty County Chief Financial Officer Roger Reese.

The BOE voted on the matter during a 5:30 p.m. called meeting.

LCSS Superintendent Dr. Valya Lee and BOE members Yvette Keel and Marcus Scott IV were not present for the called meeting.

Board chairwoman Lily Baker and members Verdell Jones, Marcia Anderson, Carol Guyett and Carolyn Carter Smith voted to fire Reese.

Reese, who was placed on administrative leave in January, has filed a lawsuit against Lee and the schoolboard in Liberty County Superior Court alleging violations of the Georgia Whistleblower Protection Act. 

Reese claims he was retaliated against for claims Lee violated policy regarding banking services.

Lee and the school system’s attorney say Reese gave himself a raise without authorization and his incompetency and neglect harmed the school system.

The tribunal panel met April 11. Reese and his attorney, Matthew Billips were no shows at the hearing and contested its makeup. Reese’s lawsuit was filed the same day as the panel was held.

More on this story in Sunday’s Courier. 

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