Yancey addresses resignation from Office of Workforce Development

Barbara Yancey, the outgoing director of the Macon-Bibb County Office of Workforce Development, held a news conference Tuesday morning to address her resignation.

There were still plenty of unanswered questions remaining after the news conference, however.

Yancey sent her letter of resignation to Mayor Robert Reichert on July 1. Her last work day is scheduled for July 30.Yancey said she called the news conference to dispel persistent rumors in the community about the reasons for her departure. “There’s so much information out there,” she said. “This is a record of the facts. I do believe my season is over. There’s an awful lot of work still to be done, and we’ve done a lot of it.”

Yancey didn’t address the specifics of any of the rumors, saying she doesn’t know the source of them. Yancey said she doesn’t have a new position lined up yet, but she hopes to stay in Macon. If not, she said she has been talking to contacts in her hometown of Philadelphia.

Lamar Geddis, chairman of the Workforce Development board of directors, said via telephone that he couldn’t comment on Yancey’s resignation, deferring comment to the mayor’s office. A committee meeting was supposed to follow Yancey’s news conference Tuesday, but it was canceled because Geddis and the board’s vice chairman were out of town.