July 23, 2021

Mayor Chapman suspended by the Governor

Franklin Mayor Teresa Chapman has been suspended by an executive order of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.

According to the order which was signed on by the Governor on Monday, she will remain suspended until the disposition of her court case or until the end of her term of office depending on which happens first.

An executive order issued by the Governor on April 18 appointed a review commission to decide if Chapman would be suspended. The three person review board consisted of the Attorney General Sam Olens, Luthersville Mayor Robert Thomas Trammell, Sr., and Woodbury Mayor Ronnie Garrett.

If Chapman is found innocent she will be immediately reinstated but if found guilty at any time of  the felony charges of identity Fraud and Theft by Deception she would be removed from office permanently.

Mayor Chapman was reached by phone but would not comment on her suspension by the Governor.

City Councilman Shane Manders was able to provide some insight into the City Council moving forward. “As of this moment Councilman Johnny Adams is the acting legal Mayor of Franklin,” stated Manders.

Adams was reached by phone and confirmed he would indeed be the Mayor but did not want to comment further before speaking with the Franklin City Attorney David Mecklin. Stay tuned to HeardCitizen.com for further details as they become available.

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