Gordon Mayor Whipple-Lue suspended from office

A Wilkinson County Superior Court judge suspended Gordon Mayor Mary Ann Whipple-Lue from office.

Councilman Terry Eady, the Mayor Pro Tem, will temporarily replace Whipple-Lue.

Eady is also a leader for a group called the Concerned Citizens of Gordon that's seeking to remove Whipple-Lue from office permanently.

The group filed a lawsuit against Whipple-Lue last month claiming she spent city money without authority and held meetings that violated the state's Open Meetings law.

Judge Robert Reeves ordered the suspension, ruling that the plaintiffs had shown they risked irreparable harm if Whipple-Lue were not removed before a trial on the lawsuit.

Judge Reeves says he'll decide at a hearing June 24 whether to issue an injunction continuing the suspension until a trial on the lawsuit. The trial is scheduled for August 1.

Eady said "it's temporary right now, but she cannot have anything to do with city business."

Eady exercised his duties as acting Mayor when he headed a City of Gordon council meeting Monday night.

One woman, Lula Jacobs, said it doesn't matter who is the mayor of Gordon because the city has always been divided.

"I would be happy if the citizens could come back together and try to work things out," Jacobs said, "But I doubt that. Too much has happened. Too much prejudice, too much insecurity, everybody working against each other," says Jacobs.

We did try to speak with the mayor about Monday's decision.

She declined to comment.


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