THOMASVILLE — Following an absence of three months after being suspended by Georgia's governor, Greg Hobbs occupied the mayoral chair and presided at Wednesday's Thomasville City Council workshop.
Earlier Wednesday, Hobbs did not respond to a request for a comment about the suspension and his return to the council.
Gov. Brian Kemp suspended Hobbs in early April after Hobbs was indicted on city-related felony and misdemeanor counts. A trial was scheduled for July 29. Hobbs entered nolo contendere pleas to two misdemeanors on July 26.
"Apparently, there had been confusion about when the mayor could and would return," Council member David Hufstetler said after the Wednesday workshop.
Hufstetler said he wants to make it clear that Hobbs is back and has been back since the day he entered pleas in Thomas County Superior Court.
"I, for one, am very glad to have him back," Hufstetler said. "His reinstatement was automatic, nothing for the governor or attorney general to do."
In other business at the Wednesday meeting, the council went into a closed session in which Hobbs did not participate. He left the meeting room with others attending the workshop.
After the 30-minute closed session, Hobbs returned to the council table and immediately adjourned the meeting.
City Attorney Tim Sanders issued the following statement about the closed session: "The city council entered into a closed session under the Open Meetings Act to discuss pending litigation."
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