Gordon Mayor moves money, council members claim ‘illegal action’

GORDON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Gordon Mayor Mary Ann Whipple-Lue admits she moved money from the city’s reserved fund into its general fund and some council members are calling it an “illegal action.”

According to council minutes from January 16, 2015, Mayor Whipple-Lue said she transferred $150,000 from the city’s Georgia Fund One account into an account with Morris Bank. 

A council member, who didn’t want to be named, gave 41NBC a copy of the bank statement from Morris Bank that confirms the money was deposited on January 21, 2015. 

Meeting minutes quote Mayor Whipple-Lue saying, “I’ve gone ahead and made an administrative move with the… requested a $150,000.00. So that should cover us.” She continued to explain she moved the money to help pay city bills. 

Some board members claim it’s an illegal action because the council needs to approve any funding moves.

Meeting minutes quote Councilman Terry Eady saying, “I know you are authorized, but you can’t move that money without this council’s approval. If that money has been moved already, that was an illegal move.”

Two council members said they didn’t want “any part of it.” Councilman Terry Eady tells 41NBC council decided not to spend any of the money because it isn’t included in the 2015 budget. There is no word on what the council and mayor plan to do with the funds. 

We reached out to Mayor Whipple-Lue for comment, but she was unavailable.

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