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Official part of panel in probe
Laughinghouse to review indictment
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Forsyth County News


Forsyth County Commissioner Charles Laughinghouse has been appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to serve on a committee reviewing the recent indictment of Gwinnett County Commissioner Kevin Kenerly.

Along with Cobb County Commissioner Tim Lee and Attorney General Thurbert Baker, the panel will determine whether the indictment “relates to and adversely affects” Kenerly in his position as a county commissioner.

Within the next two weeks, the commission will present a written report as to whether Kenerly should be suspended from office.

The governor will make the final decision.

The Gwinnett County commissioner was indicted Oct. 11 on one count of bribery and two counts of failing to disclose financial interests.

Kenerly declined to step down from his post in light of the accusations, which reportedly stem from a county land purchase and rezonings.

Laughinghouse, who could not be reached for comment, serves as chairman of the Forsyth County commission.

He did not seek re-election to his District 1 post and his term expires at year’s end.