In response to a scathing performance audit on misdemeanor probation operations that found Georgia courts and probation providers lacking in every regard, the Council of State Court Judges has proposed changes to court rules.
On Friday, the council issued a news release about their proposed amendment to the Uniform Rules for State Courts.
In the audit released April 25, state auditors found courts provided limited oversight of probation providers, often hired without a competitive bidding process.
Other Augusta department heads could soon join outgoing Housing and Community Development Director Chester Wheeler, while Wheeler might see his former department undergo a full audit if several city commissioners get their way.
Wheeler, who the commission granted six months’ severance pay Tuesday if he left immediately, is one of a half-dozen department directors several commissioners said were on a short list for needing replacement, while controversy surrounding Wheeler’s departure continued to mount Friday.