For the first time since three whistleblowers in the City of Pendergrass came forward in late July, the Pendergrass City Council is slated to meet Tuesday night. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Depot.
Some expect a large crowd to show up to complain about some of the allegations from the whistleblowers that the city had misused taxpayer funds and other ethical issues. Flyers were reportedly handed out over the weekend encouraging people to attend the meeting. One person on JacksonHeraldTODAY.com said Pendergrass police had removed the flyers from people's mailboxes in the city.
Last week, the attorney for the whistleblowers met with District Attorney Brad Smith and representatives of the GBI to go over some of the allegations to see if a criminal investigation is warrented.
The result of that meeting was that Smith asked the GBI to look into one aspect of the allegations, said a spokesman for the GBI.
“I can confirm that we have been asked by district attorney Brad Smith to look into one specific allegation," said Jim Fullington.
Much of the allegations revolve around city administrator Rob Russell, who has since been relieved of his duties as police chief. The whistleblowers also alleged that SPLOST money was misused, that Russell misued the city credit card for personnel items and that Russell and city court judge Scott Tolbert fixed traffic tickets as favors for certain people.
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