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Badge and Bar: State GOP granted an extension in racial bias lawsuit

POSTED: August 13, 2014 10:43 p.m.

State GOP granted an extension in bias lawsuit

The Georgia Republican Party and its chairman were given an extra two weeks to respond to a Gainesville woman’s claim of racial discrimination during her employment.

Chairman John Padgett of the Georgia Republican Party sought an extension to respond to Qiana Keith’s suit in U.S. District Court.

Keith, an African-American, claims in the suit that she endured racial slurs and discrimination when employed as the executive assistant to Padgett.

Anne Lewis, representing the defendants, filed the motion on Aug. 1 ahead of the Aug. 5 response deadline.

“The two week extension sought in this motion will not impact any Court deadlines and is sought in good faith rather than for the purposes of delay,” the brief stated.

Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman granted the delay, allowing defendants to respond by Monday.

Keith seeks reinstatement with the Georgia Republican Party, along with attorney’s fees and unspecified damages.

On March 31, Keith was fired, and she claims her termination resulted from complaints about her treatment.

Lewis said Keith was terminated for poor job performance, and no merit to her claims was discovered after an internal investigation.

Sheriff’s office captain elected president of national resource officer association

A captain in the Hall County Sheriff’s Office has been named president of the National Association of School Resource Officers.

Capt. Joe Carter will serve a two-year term as president of the association composed of more than 3,000 members nationwide.

Carter was nominated by members of the resource officer association’s board, as he has actively worked with the association for 14 years. He also serves as the commander of the Hall County school resource officers.

The association works to raise awareness and train school resource officers, who work to curb school violence.

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