He declined to delve into details of why he took Ahrens' call as an "implied" threat to his position. His letter also said he felt the call was an affront to his rights of free speech.
Ahrens confirmed he questioned Thomas about his leadership of the anti-SPLOST movement, but denied he threatened him in any way or pressured him.
He told Thomas he was not asking about Thomas' personal position, but that he would have a problem with Thomas serving on the authority while actively campaigning against the SPLOST, because part of the money collected is helping pay for airport improvements such as lengthening the runway to 5,000 feet.
When Thomas said he was not leading opposition, Ahrens said he was satisfied.
Ahrens said he could not threaten Thomas because he did not appoint him and could not dismiss him. Thomas' appointment was by a vote of the full board of commissioners.
The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax vote passed in Cherokee County, guaranteeing another six years of a one-penny sales tax beginning in 2012.