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Former Mayor Turns Self In, Released on $10,000 Cash Bond

Former Douglasville Mayor Mickey Thompson turned himself in to the Douglas County Jail on Sept. 24 and was released less than two hours later on a $10,000 cash bond.

Former Douglasville Mayor Mickey Thompson turned himself in to the Douglas County Jail on Sept. 24 and was released less than two hours later on a $10,000 cash bond, according to Sheriff Phil Miller.

Miller described the booking as uneventful.

Claud Mitchell Thompson (a.k.a Mickey Thompson) was indicted on 91 counts of theft last week. He was among 78 people indicted, according to Douglas County District Attorney David McDade's website. 

Douglasville Patch has not yet been able to verify if the theft charges stem from an investigation McDade requested that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation made regarding some payments made to the former Douglasville mayor and City Council members.

A Douglas County Sentinel story on June 10 reported that "some Douglasville elected officials may have received thousands of dollars for meetings that do not appear to qualify for payment under city statute."

According to the Sentinel, GBI officials were in Douglasville and reviewed meeting attendance sheets and records of payments. They also requested copies of documents.

In question are meetings that were held via teleconference and by electronic means because the ordinance states that the elected official must attend in person.

Currently the Mayor gets paid $313 per meeting and each City Council member gets paid $125 each, according to City Clerk Joyce Stone. The Mayor is also allowed $400 a month for expenses and each City Council member and the City Attorney are allowed $150 a month.

A Sentinel article points out that, "Douglasville is all alone in using a per-meetings system to calculate compensation."

The newspaper reported that "a survey conducted by the Douglas County Sentinel, using open record requests, showed that cities of comparable population in the extended metro area all pay elected officials a salary, with checks being issued monthly."

Neither the former Mayor nor the District Attorney have returned phone calls, made earlier today, to Douglasville Patch on this matter.

Here are three related Douglasville Patch articles:

Former Mayor Mickey Thompson Among 78 Indicted by Grand Jury Today

Should Mayor and City Council Members Get Paid Per Meeting?

John September 27, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Mary, Mickey was among the 78 people indicted by the grand jury, they were not related to the former mayor's indictment. The grand jury hand down indictments at the end of their session for all the people charged and indicted during that time period, one could be shoplifting and another could be burglary, one grand jury looking at 100's of cases. It was a poorly written headline and the article wasn't much clearer.
John Barker September 27, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Since we have so many wonderful journalists, writers and copy editors here in Douglas County, I thought I might take this opportunity to remind everyone they are encouraged to write in our Local Voices section. Here is the link: http://douglasville.patch.com/blog/apply
Jan September 27, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Mickey Thompson did a horrible thing to Mike Miller in the race for House seat 66. The letters he sent out were lies, and he knew it when he did it. He gave false information to the republican party, then used their letter to slam Mike Miller, even though they had retracted the letter and apologized. Having worked in Douglasville for years, I am not sorry to see "King Mickey" finally have to account for his actions.
Bruce September 27, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Read this posting, folks: Mary Ann Dermody 8:37 am on Thursday, September 27, 2012 Micky worked thirty years for the U. S. Attorney's office I don't think he is the least bit concerned about the little piddly retirement he will receive from being the Mayor. He should be paid the $200,000 he lost because he retired from the U. S. Attorney's office early because people were complaining about him not being a full time Mayor. Politics. Mary, if Mickey doesn't know what is legal and illegal concerning laws he helped write, thank heavens he quit the U.S. Attorney's office!
TRUTH October 02, 2012 at 06:43 AM
Yeah unless they think they can get PAID JUST LIKE MICKEY!! The whole county stinks. You know things are bad when a SHERIFF and DA turn against a MAYOR!! WOW. Mcdade is the filthiest of them all. If GBI was so righteous they would have found several dozen more cases of corruption. Believe me its MORE

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