Lumpkin City Council holds first meeting since mayor's arrest

Lumpkin City Council holds first meeting since mayor's arrest

LUMPKIN, GA (WTVM) - Tensions were high at Monday night's specially-called city council meeting in Lumpkin,

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There was such a big turnout that the meeting was moved to the Stewart County Courthouse because there were not enough seats in the normal council chambers.

There were only two things on the agenda, but the public was not allowed to present anything.

After almost six months without a city attorney, Mayor Charles Gibson presented Larae Moore from Hatcher Stubbs in Columbus to the city of Lumpkin.

They also passed a motion for all city business to be approved by Moore first. This came after councilwoman Barbara Cullefer brought a motion drawn up by her own attorney.

"If it's going to be city business in my opinion then the city should take care of the business that it's handling," Mayor Gibson said. "I don't think any person or city council person or any citizen should come from their own resources. You do get some tension there and people have to find a way to work it out and make the city government work best for the citizens."

Additionally, the city passed a motion to use $10,000 SPLOST dollars for Oaks Street Park.

When asked about his arrest last week, the mayor responded by saying he hasn't broken any laws.

Meanwhile, we're told Niya Williams has been filling in as temporary city clerk. The position is still open for citizens, and applications are due by April 30. The council will review those on May 4.

The NAACP was also present at Monday's meeting.

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