Created: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:54:00 EST
Updated: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:38:32 EST
As we reported over the weekend Gordon Mayor Mary Ann Whipple-Lue's lawyer, Wayne Kendall has at least temporarily succeeded in keeping Lue in the Mayor's office.
Kendall filed an emergency motion to remove Judge Robert Reeves from a hearing slated for July 2nd. That hearing would have extended the current restraining order keeping Whipple-Lue from acting as mayor. Another hearing is scheduled for August 1st, when members of the community hope to have her permanently removed from office.
In the motion, Kendall claims Judge Reeves was biased and didn't have the authority to issue the restraining order in the first place.
The citizens complained in their lawsuit that Whipple-Lue repeatedly violated the state's Open Meetings Act by holding secret sessions outside the public eye.
The last meeting of city council with Mayor Pro-Tem Terry Eady at the helm, ended due to lack of a quorum with members Doretha Whipple, Barbara Towles and Terry Reese simply not showing up.
"I think basically they seemed to have just quit with no notice. They haven't told us anything, just don't come. "-Richard Clark/Concerned Citizen
The temporary restraining order was set to expire on July 2 which means Whipple-Lue's suspension will end that week and she will be able to return to her seat for the next Council Meeting on July 7th. Richard Clark speculates the board members will attend that meeting.
"If she were there as mayor they'd be there with bells on..might even be on time this time." -Richard Clark
The concerned citizens group says that despite this change they hope to have the entire situation resolved at their court date on August first.
"Just make sure that everything is done in an orderly fashion, everything's handled by the law." -Richard Clark
We were unable to get in contact with Mayor Whipple-Lue or her attorney Wayne Kendall.