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Greenbrier Mayor's Position Threatened By Board's Vote

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by Marcus Washington 

GREENBRIER, Tenn. - A local mayor is one step closer to being stripped of his power. Monday night, Greenbrier's Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted 5 to 1 to remove Mayor Billy Wilson from office.

For the past month, it seemed the only news coming from the city of Greenbrier has been about the fate of the city's mayor.

Monday night, for the first time at city hall there was an actual vote, 5 to 1, to relieve Mayor Wilson of his duties.

"It takes two readings for an ordinance to pass and so they've done the first reading, the second reading will be during the January meeting," said Greenbrier city superintendent Tommy Maitland.

The vote stems from Wilson's October arrested for allegedly stealing $60,000 from the GreenRidge Toys for Tots campaign he ran during a five year period.

"It was decided to put him on administrative leave by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen," said Maitland.

Mayor Wilson still has the power of mayor and is still on the payroll during his administrative leave.

"Until I know the truth, there is true proof that he took the money, I'm not passing judgment on him," said Greenbrier resident Cathy Searcy.

Like most people in Greenbrier, Searcy said it's hard to believe the allegations against the mayor and they are not in full support of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen's vote.

"I didn't feel that they should do that until all the evidence is in saying he is guilty. If he is guilty, then he should be stripped of his powers," she said.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen's next vote on the Wilson matter is scheduled for January 6, nearly three weeks before Wilson's court date on January 26.

The mayor could be voted out of office before a verdict or plea deal is made.

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