Warren County, GA -
A lawsuit was filed on behalf of the city council and some Warrenton residents questioning Mayor George Ivey’s claim that he lives in Warrenton.
It was a packed room at the Warren County Courthouse this Tuesday morning.
People filed into the benches to hear the lawsuit against their new Mayor, George Ivey.
City council members and some residents believe the Mayor does not live within the city limits, and therefore, cannot hold office.
Carolyn Martin is one of them, and she sat on the front row jotting down notes from the hearing.
"The city charter is there for a reason, just as your constitution, and if we have no respect for the charter, how is the city supposed to operate?," said Martin.
The council's attorney showed evidence that Mayor Ivey lived at two locations, one inside the city limits with his sick mother, and one outside the city with his daughters.
Mayor Ivey testified he has been living with his mother, within the city limits, since she was diagnosed with cancer in 2012.
The other house, he said, was his previous residence where he runs offices for his business, and where his daughters stay.
He said this issue runs deeper than a lawsuit.
"I think they don't like the idea of Mayor George Ivey as the Mayor, and when you have been stagnant for so long, and you have been doing things your way, and been getting by with it, and it's the wrong way, I think they don't want a change for right," said Ivey.
Out on the town, people have opinions of their own about why this lawsuit was filed.
"The honest truth they are not ready for a black mayor, if he was a white man…no I don't think this would be going on," said Mildrid James-Moss.
But in the end, the judge sided with Ivey, saying he can stay in office.