Outside judge picked to hear suit against Gordon mayor | News
An outside judge has been named to hear a lawsuit that aims to remove Gordon's mayor.
According to a notice filed Friday in Wilkinson Superior Court, Judge Robert S. Reeves will hear the case. He's a judge in the state's Middle Judicial Circuit based in Swainsboro.
Wilkinson County court officials asked for an outside judge to avoid conflict of interest in the politically charged lawsuit against Mayor Mary Ann Whipple Lue.
She took office in January and has clashed with some council members and several city officials, who've filed discrimination complaints.
Last week, seven people filed the suit against her, including two council members, Terry Eady and Freddie Densley.
--That she's held several illegal meetings with some city council members.
--That she illegally took the keys to personnel records from the city clerk and then some employees' personnel files went missing.
--And that she ordered the city clerk to approve a $10,000 check to pay for a city audit, even though council declined to fund the audit.
Whipple Lue has 30 days to respond to the lawsuit but so far has not. Previously, in a letter to the community, Whipple Lue wrote that she's being criticized in Gordon because she's a black woman.