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Valdosta mayor resigns his post

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

After pleading guilty to double-billing for city trips he attended, Valdosta Mayor John Fretti has quit his post. He already announced that he would not seek another term.

He said the double-billing resulted from simple bookkeeping errors.

Here is news release from John Fretti-

With deep gratitude for the honor of eight years serving the City of Valdosta, I announce my decision to resign from my position as mayor. Earlier this afternoon, I tendered my resignation to Mayor Pro Tem, Alvin Payton who will in turn transmit to the council. My wife, daughters, and I now prepare to return to a life centered on our family, our many dear friends in this community, and our business.

Through discussions with City Attorney George Talley, and my personal attorney and friend, Carroll Sherwood, they are in full agreement that I am under no statutory obligation to resign. However, my family and I desire to move on and believe doing so serves the best interest of the city we love.

We thank our friends and supporters for their prayers, kindness, and encouragement throughout my tenure. Valdosta will face change and challenge in the coming years. Together, with support from all, Valdosta will continue to be a great community. We believe Valdosta is a vibrant community with incredible potential for growth, and look forward to being a part of its future as private citizens.

We believe in Valdosta.

Sincerely,

John J. Fretti

 

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