Milledgeville mayor Richard Bentley resigns

MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Mayor of Milledgeville resigned from his position.

During a news conference Tuesday afternoon at City Hall, acting Mayor Jeanette Walden read a letter written by Mayor Richard Bentley. In it he stated he was resigning from the position due to his recent medical crisis and difficulties involving his former business.

Bentley did not attend the news conference.

According to Walden, city officials are preparing for the future.

"The other council members, the city manager, and our attorney will be deciding where we go from here," Walden said. "Because we certainly want to do it right."

Last October, Bentley stepped down saying he was unable to perform his responsibilities as mayor due to personal medical issues.

"He was very involved in the community," Milledgeville City Councilman Walter Reynolds said. "He made excellent use of the office to support great things about Milledgeville and Baldwin County."

In December, a customer of Bentely’s insurance company, Wilkinson Insurance Agency, filed a police report citing “possible fraud.” The Georgia Department of Insurance and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the claim.

Glenn Allen with the state insurance department confirms two complaints against the former mayor’s business have been filed with the state claiming Bentley’s company committed insurance fraud. He tells 41NBC agents were in Milledgeville last week to conduct interviews with current and former clients. He says the company is still operating and it has not been shut down by the state.

Special Agent in Charge Joe Wooten with the GBI office in Milledgeville says there is no new information on the case and the investigation is ongoing. Wooten adds the investigation is into Bentley’s company and not him as an individual.

Allen says if you are a Wilkinson Insurance Agency client and have questions or concerns regarding your coverage, you can call the state insurance department at 800-656-2298.

Bentley served as Milledgeville’s mayor for a decade.