By not doing so, they alleged, Willis cost the city money.
Willis and Al Nash, the director of the county development authority, said Willis did not have anything to do with where the company went for the economic development deal. Nash said the company determined South Fulton’s development authority “was not up, able, ready, moving as quickly.”
The city development authority, just two years old, had its first meeting in May and has not yet completed a deal.
“They came to us because we’ve been in business since about 1972,” Nash said. “We’re up and running.”
Willis said she had not known about the project, and did not do anything to steer the company to the county development authority.
“I don’t get into the middle of development,” she said. “I could go to jail for that.”
The city agreed to spend $180 an hour to investigate Willis. They will meet again Nov. 26.
Leslie Smart, a local resident, said he thought the company’s expansion seemed like a good project for the area.
“I don’t want this project to walk away from South Fulton because of confusion and ignorance,” Willis said.