DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Former Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan was surprisingly upbeat Wednesday despite the fact that Superior Court Judge C. Andrew Fuller ordered him to pay the city $25,060.88, the salary and benefits he received from the city while he appealed his impeachment.
Grogan said he was disappointed but not surprised by the judge’s ruling and he remained optimistic.
“We have an election coming up Tuesday that can make that go away,” he said.
Grogan is running to regain his seat as mayor in Tuesday’s special election against the man who replaced him, Mayor Mike Eason.
He was voted out of office last May by three city council members who allege he violated the city charter.
He said the reason for his optimism is the feedback he has received from the voters.
“I’ve gone door to door and I haven’t heard a single negative comment,” Grogan said. “I feel like the citizens will do the right thing and return me to office. They have heard all this stuff before, and they know I’ve tried to do the right thing and stay above the fray. I believe they are going to vote me back in office.”
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