Stockbridge elects new mayor after ousting
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.