Residents support embattled Gordon police chief

More than 100 people showed up to Gordon City Hall Tuesday night in support of Police Chief Mike Hall.

Hall said Mayor Mary Ann Whipple-Lue treatened to fire him over a dispatcher scheduling issue last week.

When 13WMAZ arrived to the meeting, metal detectors were set up and Lue was scanning people as they entered. She said she was doing it for security reasons.

Everybody was not able to fit inside the city council chambers, so the meeting was moved to the annex.

After people lined up waiting to get into the annex, an announcement was made that it would be moved back to city hall, per the mayor.

At the meeting'start, the mayor announced, "The City of Gordon has not made any significant employee changes. We are in the process of evaluating all departments and making the best decision on behalf of the citizens of Gordon."

"We got the best police chief you can have. He's been with us for many years, and I think he's being done wrong," said Alicia Floyd.

Councilman Terry Eady said the city charter doesn't allow the mayor to fire anyone without council's approval. According to Eady, the council hasn't approved.

"This council has control of all the rules, regulations, policies, and the mayor can't change any of them without the city council's say-so," said Eady.

Councilman Terry Reese encouraged people to go to directly to the mayor when they have concerns.

"When you hear speculation and lies, come talk to her, you get this whole city torn up in an uproar," he said.

While he was speaking some people shouted that they have attempted to reach her, but couldn't.

Lue's niece, Victoria Whipple, said the community needs to come together and support change.

"I know people are not used to change, but sometimes change is for the best," she said.

As for Hall, he said he was denied a voice at the council meeting. He told 13WMAZ he asked for a slot on the agenda, but was refused.

Hall told us the police chief is normally allowed to comment during committee reports.

But Lue has said personnel matters are private business, and she would not comment any further.

Lue, Gordon's first African-American mayor, took office three weeks ago.


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