Councilman: Gordon Mayor violated city code by changing locks on buildings

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GORDON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — The mayor of Gordon decided to change the locks on the Main Street Gordon and Museum Depot buildings on Friday, causing an uproar among volunteers with the group.

Councilman Terry Eady said the mayor did not have the power to do that without council’s approval, and added the mayor didn’t have any money in her budget to pay a locksmith.

Eady says she has to get city council’s approval to spend money on something like that if it’s not already written into her budget.

Long-time Main Street Gordon volunteer, Miriam Brown, was upset about the mayor’s actions.

She watched as the locksmith changed the locks on both buildings.

Brown said she tried to find out why the mayor locked out the current volunteers, but didn’t get an answer.

"I said, ‘Did it ever occur to you to ask for a key or get the city council’s approval?’ She said, ‘Nah, I’m the mayor, I’m the mayor,’" explained Brown.

Mayor Mary Ann Whipple-Lue told 41NBC by phone that she changed the locks because the Director of Main Street Gordon’s board, Bruce Daniel, would not return her phone calls.

Daniel showed us a letter her got in the mail from the mayor on Friday. It informs him that his position has been eliminated, and he has to hand over his keys.

Daniel believes the mayor ousted him because she tried to set up a meeting with Main Street for Thursday morning, but didn’t call for it until Wednesday evening.

"The Sunshine Law requires 48-hours notice to be posted. Our board received no type notice of any type meeting concerning the Main Street Gordon, and it’s my understanding she proceeded on with no one present from Main Street," said Daniel.

The mayor told 41NBC she would explain further at Monday night’s council meeting.

Daniel, who resigned as Main Street’s manager a few weeks ago, says he has no plans of stepping down as director of the board.

41NBC is also waiting on a call back from the interim city attorney to find out if Mayor Whipple-Lue did in fact violate the city code.