Bell reinstated as city’s athletic director

Published 9:04 am Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Stanley Bell has returned to his position as City of Bainbridge Leisure Services Athletic Director, after having been suspended on Oct. 2, according to City Manager Chris Hobby.

Bell had been suspended at least in part due to a complaint made against him. A youth football coach had alleged that he and Bell had been involved in an altercation, according to Hobby.

Bell was reinstated after a “thorough” investigation resolved the accusation, Hobby said.

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Roy Oliver, who is director of the city’s Community and Economic Development Division — which Leisure Services is a part of — conducted his own investigation, Hobby said.

Subsequently, Hobby asked Frank Green, deputy director of Bainbridge Public Safety, to conduct his own independent investigation, so that “no one could accuse (city officials) of bias,” Hobby said.

Bell has been serving as the city’s athletic director since this past June.

Before being named the Bainbridge athletic director, he was Leisure Services adult sports director and head lifeguard at the Potter Street Pool.

Before working in Bainbridge, Bell spent four and a half years as program and youth sports director at the Albany Recreation Department.