Three members of the Madison County Board of Commissioners (Pierce, Clark, and Fortson) sought injunctive relief against Commission Chairman Wesley J. Nash. Following a bench trial, the court found in their favor and ordered Nash to comply with certain mandates, to cease certain other activities, and to use county funds to pay certain expenses. 1
Nash asserts three errors on appeal. Held:
1. First, Nash contends the trial court erred in ordering him to use county funds to pay the legal expenses incurred by Commissioner Clark in prevailing in a recall action filed against Clark in probate court. The trial court relied on a written county policy in ordering this payment. See OCGA 45-9-21
2. Second, Nash challenges the court's determination that he could not hold the position of county treasurer in addition to the chairmanship. The court acknowledged that the local act establishing the Madison County Commission provided that the commission chairman would also serve as the county treasurer. See Ga. L. 1965, p. 2670, 8. But the court concluded that OCGA 36-6-1
(a), which provides that no other county officer can also be county treasurer, contradicted the local act and as a general law prevailed. The court was correct. Ga. Const. of 1983, Art. III, Sec. VI, Par. IV (a); Studstill v. Gary, 216 Ga. 268
, 269 (2) (116 SE2d 213
3. Third, Nash challenges the court's permanent injunction enjoining him "from making any purchase or expenditure over One Hundred Dollars without the specific concurrence and approval of the Board of Commissioners." The local act establishing the Madison County Commission provides differently, stating that prior approval of the board is required for purchases or purchase contracts exceeding $100 except for repairs of machinery, roads, bridges and emergency repairs to other county property and except for purchases or purchase contracts permitted or called for under the previously established general policy of the board. Ga. L. 1965, p. 2674, 19.
Accordingly, this portion of the judgment is vacated, and the case is remanded with the instruction to conform the injunction to the legislative language.
R. Dale Perry, for appellees.