Gordon mayor’s attorney asking city to pay fees

GORDON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The lawyer who represents Gordon Mayor Mary Ann Whipple-Lue is asking the city to pay his fees.

City council did not make a decision about this issue during its meeting Monday night. Attorney Wayne Kendall says he is owed $95,000.

Kendall says he represented the mayor because the city attorney could not due to a conflict of interest. Two council members were part of the lawsuit.

In June, the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled Whipple-Lue could stay in office after a group of concerned citizens claimed she violated the open meetings act. Kendall adds because the mayor was sued in her public capacity and won the case, the city is required by state law to pay the attorney fees.

Councilman Terry Eady tells 41NBC the city attorney told council the case is still ongoing and recommended to not pay anything right now.

Kendall tells 41NBC if city council does not pay, he will file a lawsuit against the City of Gordon as well as the individual people listed on the lawsuit. Eady says this issue could be brought up again and a judge may have to make the decision.

The case against the mayor is still pending in superior court. A hearing in the lawsuit is scheduled for next month.

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