THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Thomasville city leaders are speaking out just one day after Mayor Greg Hobbs was indicted on six charges related to payroll forgery.
WALB reached out to Mayor Hobbs, who was released from custody on his own recognizance, as well as Thomasville City Attorney Tim Sanders, but we have not heard back from them at this time.
City leaders we have spoken with said that the indictment will not stop Hobbs’ duties as Mayor.
City Manager Alan Carson said appropriate adjustments are being made as the investigation evolves, but at this time, Hobbs’ role has not changed.
On Friday, WALB reached out to City Councilman David Hufstetler who agreed with Carson, saying in part, “Mayor Hobbs should continue in his duly elected position. I will echo our city manager’s statement that everyone is considered innocent until proven guilty."
According to Thomasville’s charter, residents do not have control over the status of the mayor’s position and the city council does not have veto power to remove the mayor.
However, if the office becomes vacant, the council can vote to have a current council member fill the seat.
Hobbs was indicted on six charges, including false report of a crime for his claims that two city employees forged his signature on payroll documents.
An arraignment date has not been set at this time.