Snellville mayor, council to square off before Georgia Supreme Court | Gwinnett Daily Post

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Sep

Snellville mayor, council to square off before Georgia Supreme Court | Gwinnett Daily Post

Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz and the city council are heading before the Georgia Supreme Court to revisit whether Kautz has the authority to fire City Attorney Tony Powell against the council’s wishes.

In a ruling issued Monday, all of the high court’s justices agreed that they would review a Georgia Court of Appeals decision from March that said the power to get rid of the city attorney rested with the council, not the mayor.

Kautz and the council will make their cases during a hearing as early as January, but no specific date was set in the ruling. A spokeswoman for the justices said it could be some time before a court date is set.

The appeals court’s ruling, which agreed with a local ruling by Gwinnett County Judge Timothy Hamil, was a split decision in which the three of seven justices sided with Kautz. At the time, the mayor said the lack of agreement between the justices showed that further review was needed. Kautz has fired Powell multiple times, only to have the council rehire him.

Meanwhile, the city still has the issue of whether the mayor’s attorney fees from her now-settled suit against the council, which was also the result of a power struggle, will be covered by Snellville coffers.

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