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Concerning the Indictment of Mayor Mickey Thompson:

Mayor Mickey's Mistake?

What a shame. I'm the last person to judge another person on these matters. I have made mistakes in my life that has cost me my liberty. I paid my dues to society and I tried to take a very negative situation and make something positive from it.

As an activist, I had been following the recent news stories and headline from all over the state about public corruption. In Gwinnett Co., Clayton Co. Fulton Co. and now Douglas Co. public officials are being investigated and many being indicted. A former Douglas commissioner is accused of forging court documents with the help of county employee(s)… etc.  

Those who take an oath to uphold the laws and the Constitution, must be held accountable. Those who make laws against US, must be held to a higher standard.

Mayors and public officials are paid well for the mostly part time work they perform. 

Perhaps the Douglasville situation was just a misinterpretation of the law; just a big mistake. Perhaps it was systemic conspiracy to put a few extra bucks in their pockets. Who is giving the mayor and council legal advice? What roll does the city manager have in payments to officials? 

The recent TSPLOST vote was mainly defeated because the public just doesn't trust pubic officials. I understand why. The headlines scream of the unethical and criminal actions of public officials. Too often they feel they are untouchable… above the law.

I hope for Douglas County this event will send a message to officials that if you think your actions may be unethical or illegal, they probably are. Unlike the average citizen, we don’t have a team of attorneys to advise us. We seem to know when we cross the line. And when we do we must take responsibility and face the music.

I believe in redemption. Regardless of our mistakes, most of us get a second chance. We can’t change what happened yesterday, but from this moment on we can choose our path.

We should pray for wisdom each day and value our freedom.

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Mary Ann Dermody September 27, 2012 at 01:58 AM
You know what it is, a dirty rotten shame someone who has given the last 16 years of their life to Douglasville Georgia and donated back their salary for most of their years and dirty politics and pay back vendettas occur. I have know Mickey Thompson for forty years and he is one of the most honest people I have ever known and he would not have taken a dime intentionally. What about the layers of people who were processing and handling the paper work on these expenditures. According to the paper there were 25 other people who had done the same thing at the city, yet the paper said they were not indicted and the excuse the paper used was the Mayor was ultimately responsible and they were not at fault. Dirty rotten politics and the person or persons responsible for ruining the name of a good man will hopefully get what is coming to them.
Fred September 27, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Thompson ran the city like it was his personal property. City employees knew that if you crossed him you had better have a job waiting for you elsewhere. Getting paid for "ribbon cuttings" and "luncheons" may have been an honest mistake, getting paid for the teleconferences - that are specifically denied in the ordinance - that is theft clear and simple. The ordinance was passed while he was on the Council and "clarified" when he was Mayor - right as the allegedly illegal payments started. He is either the most "honest person you know" or the least intelligent Blaming the "layers of people" for King Mickey's greed is a little ridiculous. He was the Chief Executive of the City, he should have been well informed of the ordinance. If he had any question in his own mind all he had to do was ask the City Attorney for a free (to him, we would have paid for it) opinion. Who "donated back their salary for most of their years"? Thompson? Then it would be really easy for him to produce the evidence that he gave well over $28000 back. "Dirty politics"? Thompson is an expert - just look at his recently failed attempt to keep feeding at the public trough by getting elected to the State House. Karma is a witch.
Marsi Thrash September 27, 2012 at 01:48 PM
If he's the most honest person you know, I am frightened at the thought of who else you know. I hope they're not in any positions of authority. He lives by a sense of entitlement, with no regard to who he hurts and how.
Bruce September 27, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Is the system RIGGED? We're going to find out. Just keep tabs of what happens to Mickey and former county commissioner Freddie Ashmon, Jr. An average citizen can get years in prison for a couple of code violations, plus thousands of dollars in fines, court costs, attorney costs, plus PROBATION. But inmates die in the county jail because of denial of medical treatment, public records go missing, repeated "errors of accounting," and God knows what else and NONE OF THESE PEOPLE ARE IN JAIL! The system is rigged.

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