Thu., April 11, 2013 8:00am (EDT)

Party Prompts Ag Officials' Resignations
By Associated Press
Updated: 1 year ago

ATLANTA  —  
Two high-ranking officials at the state Agriculture Department resigned after being accused of holding a drunken party that ended in skinny dipping with a female employee. The employees were at Lake Blackshear in south Georgia for training. (Photo Courtesy of Ken Lund via Flickr.)
Two high-ranking officials at the state Agriculture Department resigned after being accused of holding a drunken party that ended in skinny dipping with a female employee. The employees were at Lake Blackshear in south Georgia for training. (Photo Courtesy of Ken Lund via Flickr.)
Two high-ranking officials at the state Agriculture Department resigned after being accused of holding a drunken party that ended in skinny dipping with a female employee.

Chief Operating Officer Billy Skaggs and Oscar Garrison, the head of the food safety division, resigned March 30. Several others were suspended without pay.

Witnesses told investigators that about 30 to 40 people attended an after-hours party held on Sept. 17 at a cabin near Lake Blackshear. The employees were in South Georgia for training.

An internal report said there was heavy drinking at a cabin used by Skaggs and Garrison and another official. Afterward, several employees took of some of their clothes and went for a swim.

Skaggs's state car was later found damaged, though it was not clear how it happened.