Cobb County Commission Chairman candidate Bill Byrne picked up the endorsement of the county’s FOP on Wednesday night, beating out incumbent Chairman Tim Lee for the coveted support.
About 40 of the organization’s 600 members attended a vetting and voting session before the group, said president Billy Mull. Much of the decision came down to Lee’s support last year of five employee furlough days — also required of public safety employees — implemented to close a budget gap, Mull said. Also persuasive was Byrne’s three-year plan to replace the police fleet, if elected.
Byrne, a former Cobb chairman, is running against Lee, retired businessman Larry Savage and retired Marine Mike Boyce for the chairman’s seat in the upcoming July 31 election.
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