Warner Robins City Councilman John Williams is refusing to talk as he faces multiple federal charges.
It's been a busy week for Mayor Chuck Shaheen. It all started when he got a phone call Tuesday morning from Councilman John Williams's wife.
"Mrs. Williams was on the speaker phone, kind of hysterical, crying, and very upset, and she said they've taken John," Shaheen recounts.
Williams was arrested by the feds for extortion. He is charged with taking the money from the sale of a truck to the Warner Robins Police Dept.
Mayor Shaheen says he knew there was investigation brewing.
"He told me like last week that the feds had come by his house and that he was being investigated," Shaheen says.
Williams is no stranger to controversy. Other members of council say he's been an important asset to the mayor.
"He's been very valuable to Mayor Shaheen and Mayor Shaheen's agenda," says Councilman Bob Wilbanks, "and he's been able to pretty much skirt and dodge some of these accusations that have come up."
Those accusations include sexual harrassment and disorderly conduct. Tonight I went to Williams's house for comment, but his wife says their attorney has advised them not to talk to the media.
With all the controversy surrounding John Williams, many have asked if he should even be on council--a question Mayor Shaheen says even Williams has asked.
"He asked me if he should resign," the Mayor recalls, "and I said 'I'll support every decision you make,' but it's a no-win situation for me to ask a councilman to resign. It's already tough enough to build a team. Other councilmen can ask him to resign--and if they want to pursue that then let them pursue that--but he is elected by the people."
Shaheen says it's not his job to control council members' actions.
"The people want me to be the leader of our city--not to investigate councilmen," he says.
Earlier today, 41NBC reached out to Williams's attorney Charles Cox for comment, but he did not return our call.