Hamby was initially placed on administrative leave after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the contents of the audio recordings, in which the person said to be Hamby refers to African-Americans as “deadbeat n-word” and even spoke of wanting to kill black construction workers who had angered him.
“My sincere apologies for any actions that may have created adversity for this community and the Buford School District,” Hamby wrote in a short resignation letter to the school board. “Thank you for your many years of tremendous support and leadership.”
Former Buford City Schools Interim Superintendent Joy Davis received a contract on Sept. 24. ARLINDA SMITH BROADY/AJC
The board appointed retired former Assistant Superintendent Joy Davis as his replacement. Her contract was finalized at the same meeting.
According to board documents, she will be paid a portion of an annual salary of $205,000 for 90 days. Because she’s retired from the school system, she’ll have to take a drastic pay cut if a replacement isn’t found by then.
After the three months, she won’t be allowed to make more than 49 percent of her last salary as a school system employee, according to Beard.