Citing residency requirements for council members, Gregory Reeves resigned from his position on the Dacula City Council effective May 1, 2014. Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks said he received a text message from Reeves on May 2 regarding his intent to resign and received the actual letter of resignation on May 6.
The city council formally requested Reeves' resignation in a resolution adopted May 1. In the resolution, council accused Reeves of violating the code of ethics of the City of Dacula and the laws of the state of Georgia.
Wilbanks said he has accepted Reeves' resignation which stated: “Effective May 1, 2014. Due to requirements of City Code that an elected person must live within the City corporate limits, I hereby tender my resignation as a member of the City Council. I have moved out of the City as of May 1, 2014.”
Wilbanks said he and the city council will begin the process of choosing a successor for Reeves immediately, though no action is likely to be taken prior to the June council meeting. The city charter allows the council to appoint a successor in the event a council member is unable to serve his or her entire term. Reeves' most recent term began Jan. 1, 2014. The person appointed as his successor will serve the remainder of the term which ends on Dec. 31, 2017.
Wilbanks said he and the rest of the council will try to find the best qualified candidate to replace Reeves.
Reeves was booked into jail on March 7 on a charge of theft by taking related to alleged misuse of his city-issued credit card. The misuse reportedly included using the card to pay for a rental car Reeves used in his job as a pizza deliveryman. The improper charges total approximately $4,000. Reeves has not attended a council meeting or work session since his arrest.
As a councilman, Reeves received compensation of $4,100 per year, paid at the end of the year. Wilbanks said he believes Reeves is working to repay the amount owed the city. The compensation he is owed for the first four months of the year may be applied toward any unreimbursed personal charges still owed to the city, Wilbanks added.
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