Politics & Government

For now, fight cools in EMA clash

An outright political fight about who should be Macon and Bibb County’s next Emergency Management Agency director has been avoided for now.

Councilwoman Elaine Lucas and others on the council still are pushing for interim Director LaTravius Smith to get the job permanently. They shot down Mayor Robert Reichert’s choice for the job, North Carolina EMT Michael Smith, last month on a 9-4 vote.

Lucas had several resolutions ready to go this week aimed at sidestepping the mayor in an attempt to give LaTravius Smith the job without his approval. But Monday evening, she pulled two of those from the council’s agenda and softened a third. Now she will just ask Reichert to name LaTravius Smith the new director.

“Simply request that the mayor do the right thing,” she said, adding that there are “other tools at the council’s disposal” if that doesn’t work.

Reichert’s spokesman, Andrew Blascovich, said the mayor expects to make a decision about how to proceed by the middle of this week.