Gordon mayor temporarily removed from office

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GORDON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — A Wilkinson County Superior Court Judge issued an order Monday, that temporarily removes Mayor Mary Ann Whipple-Lue from office.

The order was filed by several members "Concerned Citizens of Gordon" and council members Terry Eady and Freddie Densley.

Eady told 41NBC Monday, the order was filed after the mayor changed the locks on city buildings and abruptly changed the city’s fuel policy. Eady added, she made both the changes on Friday without council’s approval.

He also brought up agenda items for Monday night’s meeting, that caused concern. The mayor had planned to asked the council to pay for her legal fees for lawsuits residents had filed against her.

"I just hope that people understand that we’re doing what we think is best for the city of Gordon," said Eady.

The mayor showed up to city hall after 7:00 pm to hand her keys over to Wilkinson County deputies and pack up her personal belongings.

When asked about the order, her response was "no comment."

Eady, who is the Mayor Pro Tem, said he would be taking inventory to determine whether or not any city belongings were missing.

Before the mayor arrived, citizens donning green shirts with the words "Concerned Citizens of Gordon" lined up waiting for her to turn in her keys.

Among the group were Better Hometown Gordon (Main Street Gordon) members Miriam Brown and Bruce Daniel. Both were locked out of their office on Friday after the mayor changed out the locks to their building.

Daniel and Brown say the judge’s order saved Gordon.

"He’s looked at what she has done to us, to the town. She’s ruining our town, she’s ruining it. And he rescued us," said Brown.

Not everyone was happy to see the mayor temporarily ousted.

Resident, Lula Jacobs, told 41NBC the mayor brought out more people to a city council meeting than in the city’s history.

She also added, people didn’t like the mayor because she tried to change things, but change is good.

"I think it was a disappointment to the city of Gordon and it’s not over til the fat lady sings, and she haven’t even started yet," said Jacobs.

According to Eady, the mayor will be back in court on June 24th when a judge will decide whether or not she will be reinstated.

Other City Business

At Monday night’s city council meeting, the council tabled a vote to pay for the mayor’s legal fees.

The city clerk asked for money to cover her legal fees for a lawsuit she filed against the mayor, with a 3-1 vote and only 4 members present, there weren’t enough votes to carry that request.

Council also approve an insurance company. Trident will be covering the city as of 12 a.m. on June 3rd. It covers everything except public official liability and police liability. Eady said the city is still looking for a provider for those.