From correspondent Tammy Grubb
In a surprise move, the Chatham County Human Relations Commission resigned Monday night, telling the Chatham County commissioners it could no longer advocate effectively for better race relations and an end to discrimination.
“All [the group’s] achievements and our progress came to a halt on Jan. 3, 2011,” HRC Chairman Norman Clark said, referring to the commissioners’ decision to fire Esther Coleman, the former executive director of the county’s Human Relations Office.
Coleman was hired in 2007 – roughly seven years after the county established the HRC. January’s 3-2 decision to cut that post, which commissioners Mike Cross and Sally Kost opposed, was part of a plan to save $2 million in four years. Coleman made $80,000 a year.