CONYERS -- Greg Pridgeon has resigned as chief of staff for Rockdale County government.
Pridgeon's resignation was mentioned at Tuesday's Board of Commissioners retreat, although no formal announcement has been made.
Pridgeon’s resignation came up during discussion of grievances that Commissioner Oz Nesbitt and JaNice Van Ness had about his performance in his role as chief of staff.
Pridgeon tendered his resignation in a letter to commissioners dated Jan. 7, stating that his resignation was submitted “with ambivalence.”
“In spite of periodic difficulties inherent to the position, my overall experience was positive and professionally rewarding,” Pridgeon wrote.
Tonya Parker, director of Community Affairs and Innovative Programs for the county, said Pridgeon will be paid through Feb. 1. She said that although Pridgeon is no longer working at the county office, he can still be reached by county email or on his county cell phone. She said he is continuing to work with county departments and is communicating with staff members.
Pridgeon was hired in January 2010 at a salary of $90,000. At that time, Pridgeon had publicly promised to serve the entire Board of Commissioners rather than report directly to Oden.
However, among commissioners' grievances shared at the retreat Tuesday were that Pridgeon blocked communication between the commissioners and the chairman and that he did not serve all of the commissioners equally.
Commissioners also discussed options for replacing Pridgeon, including hiring one person; hiring three staff people -- one for each commissioner; or hiring one for the chairman and another to serve Nesbitt and Van Ness. No decision was reached by the board.