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Grogan case awaiting Ga. Supreme Court ruling
James Grogan
James Grogan. - photo by For the Dawson County News
The case of Grogan vs. the City of Dawsonville went before the Georgia Supreme Court last week, where representation for ousted Mayor James Grogan presented oral arguments as to why dismissal of his appeal by the Dawson County Superior Court should be reversed. Grogan’s lawyer, Steven Leibel, also presented an appeal to the superior court’s March 2018 decision that will allow the city to recoup the $25,060.88 in salary and benefits that were paid to Grogan during the five-month appeal process. Grogan, 76, was removed from office May 15, 2017 by a 3-1 vote of city council after an investigation into allegations he had misused city funds and violated the city charter. Grogan appealed the decision and continued to act as mayor until October 9, 2017, when Superior Court Judge C. Andrew Fuller ruled in favor of the city and dismissed Grogan’s appeal, stating he could not review the case due to the manner in which Grogan’s representation appealed the case, as well as their failure to serve the council or the city with a copy of the writ of certiorari and their failure to name the city council in the caption of the petition.