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Meigs mayor case goes before grand jury

Louis Schofill Louis Schofill
MEIGS, GA (WALB) -

Prosecutors are preparing to take the criminal case against the mayor of Meigs to a grand jury.

Mayor Linda Harris is free on bond after she was accused of stealing $80 from the city back in October. The grand jury will meet February 1st and hear evidence in the case.

Currently she's charged with interference with government property and violation of oath of office, according to Thomas County Investigator Louis Schofill.   "Its just one of those special cases that we get every once in a while in grand jury we'll have just a handful, one, two, or three of them maybe where we review other cases hers just happen to fall into that category," he said.  

If Harris is indicted and convicted, she could face up to five years in prison for each charge.

Harris has had a troubled history since becoming the Mayor of Meigs.

In March 2014 the city council stripped her of much of her power created the position of city manager and put city clerk Marsha Demoga in that job.
    
A month later The Mayor was arrested after Demoga says Harris threatened her.
    
The Mayor was told to stay away from her and city council meetings.
    
In January 2015 Councilwoman Stephanie Battle was arrested after a brawl at City Hall.  She says she was acting on behalf of the Mayor who wanted to remove bank statements and other documents from City Hall.

In December an insurance snafu kept police officers off the road.

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