On June 22, Goss called a meeting with Wilson in which he accused Wilson of reading his personal mail. He claimed this was a felony violation of state law. Wilson replied in a letter to Goss dated June 24 that the practice of reviewing commissioners’ mail had been going on for a long time and was intended to be sure correspondence was dealt with in a timely manner.
Wilson then requested a Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) inquiry into the matter.
In a letter to Wilson’s attorney Michael Caldwell, which was also sent to County Attorney Jim Fortune, Spalding County Sheriff Dee Stewart and GBI Special Agent In Charge Rodney Wall, Ballard said the GBI considers Wilson’s alleged acts — if they could even be proven — as “fall(ing) short of a violation of Georgia law.”
Ballard said he agreed with that opinion.
Wilson said he is relieved that Ballard found no wrongdoing on his part.
“I am sorry that a misunderstanding on Chairman Goss’ part has occurred,” he said in a press release. “I intend to continue serving Spalding County and its citizens to the best of my ability as their county manager.”
Goss could not be reached for comment.
Spalding County Commissioner Dave Phillips was there when Goss asked Wilson to either face investigation by the GBI or resign.
“My involvement in this is strictly to keep things civil and try to find a common ground,” Phillips said.
He said the matter was a personal dispute between Wilson and Goss and had nothing to do with the board. He said he does not know what the next step will be but he assumes since Ballard and the GBI have cleared Wilson of all charges, it will be the end of the matter.