Thomasville holds first city council meeting since indictments against mayor

By: Alicia Turner | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 11, 2019

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- On Thursday, Thomasville Mayor Greg Hobbs was indicted by a grand jury. He’s accused of making false statements, violating his oath of office and false reporting a crime.

Monday night, it was a packed house as the city council, along with the mayor, met for the first time since the indictments were handed down.

Just moments after the meeting was called to order by Hobbs, the city manager addressed the crowd, saying the mayor's indictments were not on the agenda and there were no plans to discuss it, but those who signed up for public comment still wanted to go on record calling for change.

"I just feel like for the good of the city, Mayor Hobbs should consider resigning," said longtime Thomasville resident Joe Brown.

Brown was one of two people asking Hobbs to step down. He said simply put, it's what's best to move the city forward.

"Unfortunately we've had a lot of press that has damaged Thomasville. We've always had great leadership here. Last year, we had some bad press, which I think diminishes our city in the eyes of other people in the state and around the country," Brown said.

Others, like Lucinda Brown, disagree.

“At this, point why should he?" Brown asked.

Brown later said Hobbs should have his day in court.

“Everyone should be considered innocent until proven guilty, and that no one should ask for anyone to resign until they're guilty of it in his capacity," said Brown.

Residents may disagree on what should happen next, but City Manager Alen Carson expressed that Hobbs will do his job unless otherwise stated.

"There's a process that involves the governor that’s in place, and that process needs to be adhered to. It needs to be honored, and we need to let the process work through to the end," Carson said.

The city manager went on to say that, at this point, there are no plans to add any agenda items onto any upcoming city council meetings as it relates to the mayor and the indictments.

The next meeting is scheduled for February 25.