Former Cochran Mayor: ‘I am not in agreement with’ city council’s choices
COCHRAN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – “Lightbulbs starting going off,” said Former Cochran Mayor. “What we were discussing has already been predetermined before we ever got in this room.”
Stoy has strong reasons to believe this video that shows multiple city council in the lobby of city hall was a violation of the Open Meetings Act.
It happened July 26th–41NBC got this video as part of an open records request from the city of Cochran.
“The city clerk had to go back to the front as I understand it–pick up some information from her desk and she heard one of them saying you need to make a motion,” said Stoy.
We confirmed that with City Clerk Lisa Chastain, whom council eventually fired from her job on the night of October 11th during executive session–she’s right there walking down the hallway toward the meeting.
She says she doesn’t want to say much more right now.
Stoy had been mayor of Cochran for three years before he resigned on the 11th by presenting a letter to council and a copy of this surveillance video.
“Being the mayor I have certain obligations and responsibilities,” said Stoy. “One of my charges is to preside over the meeting to make sure we do things according to the open records laws, the charter, ethics ordinance, and I feel like that’s not the case in our situation.”
And since he did report it–he didn’t feel like council would want to work with him.
“I felt it was time for me to report it and at that point it also probably my relationship with council probably deteriorates so whether the productivity could continue or not I had some serious questions,” said Stoy.
Stoy wants the citizens of Cochran to know about this and do their own investigating.
“I’ve been observing this since the beginning of the year this is a behavior pattern in my opinion. And a way of doing business that I am not in agreement with,” said Stoy.
Here’s a link to Stoy’s letter: