State Supreme Court hears Whipple-Lue’s appeal

ATLANTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The case against Gordon Mayor Mary Ann Whipple-Lue is now in the hands of the Georgia Supreme Court.

Some residents want Mayor Whipple-Lue out of the office. The group called “The Concerned Citizens of Gordon” are suing the mayor for violating the open meetings act.

Both sides were at the Georgia Supreme Court Tuesday. A few months ago, a Wilkinson County judge ruled in favor of the residents. Mayor Whipple-Lue’s attorney wants that decision overturned. 

Attorney Wayne Kendall claims the mayor never broke the law because the Gordon charter requires four council members to be present at all meetings in order to conduct city business.

“You can’t have it both ways and the questions pointed out the inconsistencies with what Judge Reeves has previously ruled, that the mayor and three council people constitute a quorum, and what the charter actually says,” Kendall said.

Devil Cooper, the attorney for the citizens group, argues the city has recognized the mayor as one of the four council members needed for a quorum for the past 25 years.

“The justices asked about these meetings, that’s because the comment was made in court that all of the open meetings act violations allegations are for three members and as I told the court, that’s not the case,” said Cooper.

The group claims there are many open meetings act violations. All of them include a number of council members. 

The justices have six months from the time the case was filed to make a decision. Their deadline for this case is mid-July. 

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