Bruce, who brought forward the bill, hasn’t confirmed that he has been served with the lawsuit.
The young city of 100,000 residents has been distracted by its city council but has still managed to get a municipality off the ground with services rolling.
“This is a new city. We’re four years old, we don’t need this nonsense, and it’s not going to stray us away from being the city that we need to be,” Edwards said.
Walker, a city resident herself, claims the bill is payback because she hasn’t given favorable rulings to Edwards — a political ally and friend to Bruce.
An exhibit from a lawsuit by South Fulton City Attorney Emilia Walker shows photos of friends South Fulton Mayor Bill Edwards (in glasses) and state Rep. Roger Bruce, D-South Fulton. (Photo: Fulton County Superior Court document)
Last year, council members tried and failed to remove Edwards and council member Helen Willis from office for their roles in a development deal. A report regarding the situation also indicated that Walker and/or her firm stood to make money on a version of the deal that didn’t happen.
Shortly after Walker filed the lawsuit last week, Edwards spoke with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Right now, my business is about running this city and taking this city where it needs to go,” he said.
A week later during the emergency Friday meeting, Edwards was encouraging the council to get into compliance with the state law. Willis brought the motion forward to hire another city attorney.
“I am in a compromising position where I’m a policymaker and I don’t have legal counsel that I am currently comfortable with at this time,” Willis said.
Council member Khalid Kamau said he didn’t like the move for many reasons, including that he didn’t know how they were going to pay for a second attorney.
The vote failed 4-3, but many on the council agreed that they need to quickly resolve the situation.
“I am following the law as the mayor of this city. I ain’t personal. I ain’t nothing. I’m not coming at anybody. I’m not the one filing suits,” Edwards said.
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