Stockbridge Mayor Lee Stuart voted out by city council

8:44 AM, Dec 11, 2012   |    comments
Mayor Stuart on the stand (Marc McAfee, 11Alive News)
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STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- After 12 hours of deliberations Monday, the Stockbridge city council voted to oust Mayor Lee Stuart.

The vote was the result of an investigation into allegations that Stuart misused city funds, released sensitive information and created a hostile work environment.

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Stuart said he did nothing wrong. His attorney said they will appeal the council's decision.

While on the witness stand during Monday's hearing, Stuart was asked by Chris Balch, the city council's attorney, whether city rules allow him to monitor employee emails.

"It doesn't say I can, it doesn't say I can't," Stuart replied.

"You are familiar with something called the Fourth Amendment, right?" Balch replied, referencing Constitutional protection against unlawful searches.

Former councilwoman Kathryn Gilbert took the stand to say that she often heard Stuart tell female employees, "There's too much estrogen in City Hall."

Gilbert also said she heard Stuart call another city employee "a fat, lazy old hag."

There was no immediate word on a replacement for Stuart.


(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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