Hansford dismissed as Monroe County sports director

pramati@macon.comApril 18, 2013 

The Monroe County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday night to terminate the contract of Desi Hansford as the county’s sports director.

Hansford, a former Forsyth city councilman, was indicted on federal bribery charges March 12 after he was arrested during an FBI sting operation. This month, the Forsyth City Council voted unanimously to have him removed from that body.

Monroe County Chairman Mike Bilderback and Commissioner Larry Evans voted against Hansford’s dismissal as county sports director, while commissioners James Ham, Patsy Miller and Joe Proctor voted in favor of it.

Bilderback said Thursday that he voted against the measure because the county’s laws don’t directly address what should be done if a county employee is accused of breaking the law outside his county duties.

“I was in favor of modified work status, but I couldn’t get that to a vote,” Bilderback said.

Had that been the case, Hansford could have stayed in his job but with restrictions -- such as not handling money, for example, Bilderback said.

The county hasn’t named an interim director yet.

Bilderback said losing Hansford now is particularly tough, since it comes during the busy spring sports season. Hansford’s institutional knowledge was an important factor in running the county’s sports leagues efficiently, he said.

Hansford and former Councilman James Calloway were indicted for allegedly using their influence to help a company win a contract with the city. Company officials helped FBI agents in a sting operation that led to Hansford’s arrest. While Calloway wasn’t arrested in the sting, he was later indicted on the same charges.

To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.

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