Judge rules troubled Gordon mayor can stay in office
GORDON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Wilkinson County Superior Court judge ruled Gordon Mayor Mary Ann Whipple-Lue can stay in office.
The judge says despite proof Whipple-Lue violated the open meetings act, mistreated city employees, and spent city funds without authority, the court “can’t conclude the mayor’s actions were done with an evil intent or motive.”
The judge goes on to say Whipple-Lue “hasn’t been a good mayor,” but not being an effective leader is not grounds from removing her from office.
The Concerned Citizens of Gordon, the group that sued Whipple-Lue, will meet in the next few days to decide whether to file an appeal.
“We have reviewed the Court’s ruling, and while we disagree with the ultimate finding, we are pleased that the Court acknowledges that we adequately proved many of Mayor Lue’s improper and illegal acts. In the coming days, the plaintiffs will meet to discuss whether we wish to appeal the Court’s ruling,” said the attorney representing the Concerned Citizens of Gordon, Devlin Cooper.
Mayor Whipple-Lue said she couldn’t do an on-camera interview Wednesday because she was out of town.
“I am very pleased with the judge’s ruling. It is my hope that this will end all of those legal proceedings,” said Whipple-Lue.