Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 11:08 pm | Updated: 5:50 pm, Sat Mar 8, 2014.
- Posted on Mar 7, 2014
MEIGS, Ga. (WTXL)– Unrest continues among residents in the City of Meigs.
“It’s escalated to a point that’s very disruptive for a small, or any community, but certainly a small community,” said District Attorney Tommy Coleman. Coleman represents about thirty cities, counties and school boards across South Georgia, including the City of Meigs.
City employees say they fear for their safety after experiencing what they call “abusive behavior” from Mayor Linda Eason-Harris.
“Cities and counties depend on people behaving like ladies and gentlemen,” said Coleman.
In addition to complaints of abusive behavior, Coleman says Mayor Eason-Harris is currently in the middle of a lawsuit with the previous Mayor of Meigs, who accused Mayor Eason-Harris of stalking. Coleman also says City Manager Marsha Demoga complained the mayor put black salt on Demoga’s desk, part of what Demoga says are Mayor Eason-Harris’s “voodoo” practices.
“I called the mayor, and I said Mayor, what’s black salt? And she said well it wards off evil spirits,” said Coleman.
Mayor Eason-Harris was elected into office in November 2013, and because of Georgia recall laws, she can’t be recalled in the first 180 days of her term.
Coleman says the Meigs Police Chief, recently fired, was a supporter of Mayor Eason-Harris’s. Some residents rallied in support of the mayor outside of City Hall, causing it to close its doors for the day.
“A city can’t work that way, and it’s a very small community, and they can’t afford to have that kind of conflict,” said Coleman. “It’s just incredibly expensive as well.”
Coleman says city council has moved Mayor Harris’s office further from other city employees. They have not chosen to go through with an impeachment process at this time, but he says they are keeping a close watch on the situation.