COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - We have new details in the legal battle between the mayor of Columbus and several top city officials.
Marshal Greg Countryman and City Clerk Vivian Bishop have dismissed their writ of mandamus, which asked a judge to grant them their budget proposal as oppose to allowing the mayor's budget to go forth for their individual departments.
STATEMENT FROM MARSHAL GREG COUNTRYMAN AND MUNICIPAL COURT CLERK VIVIAN BISHOP REGARDING THE DISMISSAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE OF THEIR MOTION FOR MANDAMUS RELIEF
"We have dismissed our motion for mandamus without prejudice filed in early April. To date Mayor Tomlinson stubbornly refuses to follow the Columbus Charter. This prompted our mandamus filing. The city intentionally and wastefully delayed a hearing until after the budget process in the belief it could decimate our offices. Fortunately Columbus Council did not fall for this tactic. We have decided to simply move forward with our lawsuit now and will resolve the underlying issues therein, including a declaratory judgment that the Mayor must follow the law as all before her have done."
However, the pair's lawsuit that claims Mayor Teresa Tomlinson did not act within the confines of the city charter when setting a budget for their department still stands.
Mayor Tomlinson called the dismissal a victory, saying the budgets for Bishop and Countryman were reduced through good process.
"This entire suit is being exposed as an improper tactic to intimidate the Administration and Council in order to leverage more budget funds, and it failed," Mayor Tomlinson stated. "Both budgets were reduced legitimately and through good process."
Bishop and Countryman also released a statement saying they still aim to move forward with their lawsuit