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Grogan voted out of office

By Denise Ray This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan was voted out of office during the Dawsonville City Council Monday night for violations of the City charter.

The vote came after a motion was made by Council member Caleb Phillips and seconded by Council member Angie Smith. Council member Mike Sosebee was the only member of the council to vote against the motion to remove the mayor. Sosebee previously made a motion to dismiss the any action removing the mayor but it died due to a lack of a second.

“I’m very disappointed in what’s taken place,” Grogan said. “I’m glad to see that I had the council member that I thought would support me support me. Sometimes you bow to pressure, he did not bow to pressure.”

Grogan’s attorney, Steve Leibel, said the decision would be appealed.

“As a result of appealing this decision, which was already predetermined, we will have an opportunity to keep the mayor in office. So while the appeal is pending, the mayor is still the mayor. Until that time or until the superior court removes him, he stays as mayor.”

Questions to Council member Angie Smith regarding the next step were referred to City Attorney Dana Miles.

“You will have to check on policy and procedure with our attorney,” Phillips said. “I do know that Jason Power is mayor pro tempore. That’s all I know so far.”

More details as they become available.

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