Stock­bridge elects new mayor af­ter oust­ing

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STOCK­BRIDGE (AP) — The Stock­bridge City Coun­cil has elected a new mayor, a mayor pro tem and a coun­cil mem­ber af­ter oust­ing Mayor Lee Stu­art.

WGCL-TV re­ports Mark Alacron, former mayor pro tem, was elected mayor Wed­nes­day. Richard Stein­berg has been pro­moted to mayor pro tem, and former Stock­bridge coun­cil­woman Shirley Dab­ney has been elected to fill Stein­berg’s seat.

Stu­art was ousted fol­low­ing ac­cu­sa­tions that he vi­o­lated em­ploy­ees’ rights by vi­o­lat­ing open records laws, dis­clos­ing con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion and mon­i­tor­ing their emails. Stu­art has de­nied the al­le­ga­tions and his at­tor­neys plan to file an ap­peal.

The al­le­ga­tions were brought for­ward by Christo­pher Balch, an At­lanta at­tor­ney brought in by the coun­cil to in­ves­ti­gate nearly two dozen al­le­ga­tions and com­plaints from res­i­dents and city em­ploy­ees.

Stock­bridge is about 20 miles south­east of At­lanta.

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