As of Wednesday, a new judge had not been assigned.
Williams filed his lawsuit without the aid of an attorney in August 2018, several months after DeKalb commissioners voted to give themselves a nearly 60% raise. The pay hike was quickly introduced during a meeting without being listed on the agenda and without going through the commission's normal committee review process.
Williams’ suit argues that the commission’s vote violated open meeting laws and the salary ordinance was unconstitutional.
Adams dismissed the suit originally but Williams appealed all the way to the state's Supreme Court, where law students at the University of Georgia's appellate litigation clinic helped argue the case late last year.
The Supreme Court issued its opinion in March.
While the high court did not rule on the merit of any allegations themselves, it found that Williams should have been permitted to pursue civil penalties against individual commissioners for allegedly violating the state’s Open Meetings Act. It also found that Williams’ request for an injunction to stop CEO Thurmond from paying the increased salaries was dismissed prematurely.