‘Apparent dysfunction’ leaves Gordon without insurance

‘Apparent dysfunction’ leaves Gordon without insurance

GIRMA drops the city of Gordon from its insurance plan. Small town goes without property and liability coverage.
GORDON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Georgia insurance group provider notified Gordon city officials its insurance renewals “have ceased.”
 
Under the Georgia Municipal Association, the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency (GIRMA) sent a letter to Gordon Mayor Mary Ann Whipple Lue which states coverage will not be renewed due to “apparent dysfunction.”

The company’s risk management service director, George Van Leuven Jr. says within the document, open meeting laws and requirements by the mayor and council members were what prompted the company’s choice to drop Gordon’s coverage.

GIRMA covers property and liability insurance, including fire and police warehouses and equipment, parks and public buildings.

Native residents like 72-year-old Mariam Brown say they’ve never seen the city in this type of trouble.

"It's been horrible since she went in. We have no voice. We have no feelings,” says Brown.

Whipple Lue did not want to go on camera, but she did say they city must “move on and get more insurance.” She did not add the official date she plans to reach out to other insurance companies.

Recently, a group of concerned Gordon citizens filed a lawsuit against Whipple Lue. The mayor has not sent her response to the Superior Court of Wilkinson County.
 
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