Forsyth commissioner apologizes

Forsyth County Commissioner Patrick Bell apologized Monday for calling fellow Commissioner Jim Boff an idiot last week during a heated discussion about the proposed county purchase of Lanier Golf Course.

"I want to apologize to Commissioner Boff, the Board of Commissioners and the public in the most sincere way I know how," Bell said. "That type of behavior is unacceptable for an elected official and will not be repeated by me. There is no excuse for it."

The exchange happened during a public work session of the commissioners. Bell opposes the purchase and Boff has pushed it. Bell said his passions and concerns about potentially spending $9 million during a recession got the best of him.

"The fact remains, however, that my comment was wrong and I will do my best to keep my emotions in check in the future."

--Christopher Quinn