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City seeks reimbursement after successfully ousting mayor
James Grogan
James Grogan. - photo by For the Dawson County News

Representatives of the City of Dawsonville are heading to court once more in an effort to recover the salary and benefits paid to former Mayor James Grogan after a vote by council to remove him from office.

The city council voted May 15, 2017 to remove Grogan from the mayor seat after allegations of wrongdoing, including misuse of city funds and violation of the city charter. Because Grogan filed an appeal of the decision with the superior court soon after, he was reinstated in his elected capacity and continued to accrue salary and benefits.

When a judge ruled in summary judgement Oct. 9, Grogan was officially ousted from the office.

In a June 29 answer to Grogan’s appeal and request for a jury trial, attorneys on behalf of the city wrote that they would seek reimbursement of Grogan’s salary and benefits since his removal from office, should the city prevail.

The city also asked for recovery of all attorneys’ fees and expenses of litigation.

Now, the city is poised to collect the money and has a court date scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 29.

They seek to recover $25,060.88, according to City Attorney Dana Miles.

The hearing will be held in courtroom C on the 4th floor of the Dawson County Government Center, located at 25 Justice Way in Dawsonville.