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Douglas Co. official blocks CBS46 Bulldog from talking to elected officials

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Troubling behavior from the communications director for Douglas County, as the CBS46 Bulldog tried to probe questions of over-spending by an elected official there.

We were in the county, following a critical audit commissioned by county officials, questioning spending and protocol by the county coroner.

The board of commissioners voted to approve budget and staffing increases for her. So we showed up at their public meeting to speak with them. Elected officials mind you.

But the county's Director of Communications, Rick Martin, didn't like the fact we showed up unannounced. He told us off camera, he wouldn't allow the commissioners to talk to us. Despite the fact we don't need an appointment to approach an elected official in a public setting.

"I need to make sure this has nothing to do with me and employment since I used to work for you guys," Martin began to rant.

Martin used to work for CBS46 as an assignment editor. He tried to make that the focus, in a lame and bizarre attempt to frustrate our attempts to get answers from the commissioners.

Reporter Carlson told Martin, "I assure you this has nothing to do with you."

For a few minutes longer, Martin continued to interfere with us doing our job. The county commission chair and another commissioner eventually answered our questions, and the exchanges were cordial.

Despite the commission's communications director trying to block our rights as reporters.

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