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Dawson County Attorney Retires

In a December 27, 2018 special called meeting, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted to accept the resignation of Dawson County Attorney M. Lynn Frey III.

Frey tendered his resignation--dubbed a “retirement agreement” between the board and Frey-- effective Dec. 28 due to health reasons.

“This is a fairly standard sort of wrapping up of a term of employment,” Ken Jarrard of the Jarrard and Davis Law firm in Cumming, GA told commissioners.

A statement from Frey to the Chairman and commissioners to a part of the public record was read aloud by Jarrard stating that Frey was resigning from his position “for the wonderful community that is Dawson County” because his health “has deteriorated to a degree that prohibits [him] to provide the level of service the county deserves despite the excellent medical care” he has been provided by his doctor.

Frey added that Dawson County is “a place where quality of live really does matter and is more than just a subject of a slogan.”

District 4 Commissioner Julie Hughes Nix made a motion to accept Frey’s resignation, and District 1 Commissioner Sharon Fausett seconded the motion.

The motion passed unanimously.

“[Mr. Frey] has done a good job for the citizens of Dawson County over the past two years,” Chairman Billy Thurmond wrote in an email to Smoke Signals.

Frey has worked on several legal issues, including personnel matters, ordinance changes, zoning issues, land purchase, as well as giving legal advice to staff when legal questions arose that affected their departments, according to Thurmond.

“I wish Mr. Frey the best as he enters his retirement,” Thurmond said. 

In his statement Frey indicated that he would be available on an as needed basis as he relocates to his home in Darien, GA.

“I will miss a great many folks, too many to name here and will leave with gratitude for the welcome I was given, for the many kindnesses I have been shown over the last couple of years, and for the opportunity you gave me to be a part of something that matters,” his statement reads.

The Commissioners appointed Frey as in-house attorney in January 2017. He replaced longtime contracted attorney Joey Homans.

According to Frey's resume, he has nearly 40 years’ experience in civil practice, including litigation, local government, contracts, employment law and insurance matters. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in religion at Emory University in 1977 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia in 1980.

Jarrard explained that the letter to retain his firm in the matter of Frey’s resignation was signed on Dec. 14 by County Manager David Headley but for it to be “official and binding” the commissioners needed ratification by the board. District 1 Commissioner Sharon Fausett made a motion to approve the letter and District 2 Commissioner Chris Gaines seconded it. It was unanimously approved.

The board also approved an interim agreement between the county and Jarrard and Davis for the law firm to act as county attorney for a period of 60 days.

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