State board to hear residency complaint against Gordon mayor

A state board is scheduled to hear a Gordon woman's complaint arguing that the city's mayor doesn't live in town.

Alicia Floyd filed the complaint against Mayor Mary Ann Whipple Lue in 2015, according to state records.

The Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission is scheduled to hold a preliminary hearing on the matter Wednesday.

Floyd made the complaint with the state board after Whipple Lue listed a Clayton County address on a court document connected to her late husband's estate.

Her complaint accused Whipple Lue of fraud.

In her response, Whipple Lue wrote that her husband, Basil Lue, maintained a Jonesboro address until he died in June 2015.

Her lawyer advised her to file in the Clayton County probate court to become administrator of his estate.

Whipple Lue's letter says that she hasn't violated any ethics rules.

Whipple Lue has battled with critics in Gordon, population around 2,000, since taking office in 2013.

Opponents went to court to try to force her out of office, arguing that she violated open-meeting rules and mishandled city money and personnel records.

Their case went to the state Supreme Court twice, but a judge last year ruled there were no grounds to remove Whipple Lue from office.

Whipple-Lue argued that she'd done nothing wrong and was being targeted because she's a black woman.

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