Thomasville Times Enterprise

January 3, 2014

Meigs mayor-elect sworn in, ousted

Patti Dozier

THOMASVILLE — Meigs’ mayor-elect was sworn in Thursday night and promptly ousted in a 3-1 vote by the Meigs City Council.

Linda Harris, mayor-elect, was sworn in by Meigs Mayor Pro Tem Lavon Gassett. Jeff Davis and Dorothy Wimes were sworn in to begin serving new council terms.

After the swearings-in, Davis made a motion to remove Harris as mayor, based upon resolutions that enforce the city charter. Council Member Lizzie Battle provided the second.

Davis, Battle and Council Member Willie McNeil voted in favor of the motion. Wimes voted nay. Gassett did not vote.

On Monday, the council approved a resolution that specified fraudulent check convictions on Harris, according to city hall information.

A resolution adopted Thursday pertained to why Harris should not be mayor, based on “legal, ethical and moral standards," city hall information shows.

Harris could not be reached for comment.

Monday and Thursday council meetings were called. The next regular city council meeting is Monday, Jan. 27.

Gassett declined comment.

Harris was arrested and charged with stalking in late December after a warrant was issued in Thomas County Magistrate Court. Cynthia Chaney, Meigs mayor until Thursday night, is the plaintiff in the stalking case.

Harris defeated Chaney by four votes in the November Meigs mayoral election.

One of the bond conditions in the Harris case is that the defendant is banned from Meigs City Hall premises.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.