Gordon Mayor Files Reply to Lawsuit Seeking Her Removal

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Updated: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:02:21 EST

Gordon Mayor Mary Ann Whipple Lue has filed papers seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed against her by residents and city council members.

The lawsuit sought Whipple Lue's removal from office, claiming she has taken part in meetings that violated Georgia's Open Meetings Act.

Councilmen Terry Eady and Freddie Densley are among the seven plaintiffs in the suit.

In her response, Whipple Lue argues that the Open Meetings Act doesn't apply to individuals but only to government agencies. She also says the law doesn't allow for damages to be awarded to individuals and only allows the state to fine violating agencies.

The suit claims Whipple Lue violated the Open Meetings Act a number of times by secretly meeting with a number of city council members to conduct city business.

The suit calls for her removal by citing a section of the city's charter that allows for a mayor to be removed from office because of incompetence or wrong-doing. The charter allows a judge to remove the mayor.

The Gordon city council meetings have been chaotic since Whipple Lue's election as mayor last November.

Last week, Whipple Lue reacted to an argument among members of the audience by first adjourning the meeting and then attempting to reopen the meeting. She stopped when the city attorney told her the reopening would constitute a violation of the Open Meetings Act.

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