Former Mayor Gets 5 Years Probation, Can Never Hold Public Office Again

Mickey Thompson was sentenced this morning and will pay $28,483 in restitution as well as a $3,000 fine.

Douglasville's former mayor Mickey Thompson was sentenced earlier this morning in Judge David T. Emerson's courtroom. According to Andrew Agan, director of Community Relations for the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, he received the following sentence:

  • 5 years probation for Counts 1 through 5;
  • Remaining counts 12 months each concurrent;
  • Restitution $28,483 (paid in court);
  • $3,000 fine;
  • First Offender Treatment;
  • Truthful Testimony;
  • Cooperation in ongoing investigation;
  • Waive claim of statute of limitations;
  • Never seek or hold public office.

Thompson was indicted Sept. 24 on 91 counts of theft.

In question are meetings that were held via teleconference and by electronic means because the ordinance states that the elected official must attend in person.

A Sentinel Newspaper article points out that, "Douglasville is all alone in using a per-meetings system to calculate compensation."

The newspaper reported that "a survey conducted by the Douglas County Sentinel, using open record requests, showed that cities of comparable population in the extended metro area all pay elected officials a salary, with checks being issued monthly."

Currently the Mayor gets paid $313 per meeting and each City Council member gets paid $125 each, according to City Clerk Joyce Stone. The Mayor is also allowed $400 a month for expenses and each City Council member and the City Attorney are allowed $150 a month.

Earlier this year, Thompson was a candidate in the House District 66 Republican primary. He placed third in the July 31 election to Michael “Mike” Miller and top vote-getter Bob Snelling, who would go on to top Miller in a runoff. Snelling was edged out by Democrat Kimberly Alexander in the Nov. 6 general election.

Was this an appropriate sentence? Tell us in the comments, below this article.

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Dick Jones December 17, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Were these convictions misdemeanors or felonies?
Marsi Thrash December 17, 2012 at 08:56 PM
ohall36 December 17, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I never known anyone receive "First Offender" treatment for a misdemeanor. I would think that knowing McDade, he is gonna stick you with a felony if it is possible.
Richard Segal December 17, 2012 at 09:21 PM
David McDade told Judge Emerson that he went the misdemeanor route to get the defendent to waive claim of statute of limitations. He felt with felony charges, he would have that challenge. Emerson pointed out that McDade could have pursued felonies under RICO, in which case the statute of limitations does not apply.
Sandra Clemons Williams December 17, 2012 at 09:28 PM
A thief and a crooked politician!! Just a slap on his wrist!
Susan Knight December 18, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Irregardless of what the 'law' states, he should do some jail time. What he did was premeditated and willful theft of good county citizen's tax money. He took direct advantage of his office to defraud all of us by claiming monies for meetings he did not attend as directed. What if YOU or I did that? We'd at least see some time in jail. NINETY ONE counts! Jeeeeze.
Richard Segal December 18, 2012 at 03:16 AM
During the proceedings, the District Attorney made it very clear that no one is claiming that Mickey Thompson got paid for meetings that he did not attend. He did attend these meetings, however they were meetings not eligible for compensation.
Jan December 18, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Finally the era of Mickey the Terrible is over!
LeeR December 18, 2012 at 03:27 PM
It is what it is. "Cooperation in ongoing investigation" It would be interesting to know where this going if anywhere. I hear speculation, but is there anything to it?
Janice Goad December 18, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I've known Mickey and his family for decades. While I have MANY times disagreed with his politics, I've never thought he was a crooked politician or a thief. I still don't. I doubt 10% of people holding office -- and I mean ANY office, including judges and DAs -- would be able to walk away from an intensive investigation without some questionable activity having been unearthed. I don't know whether Mickey was ill-advised or the law was poorly written, or both. Perhaps he's a victim of his own arrogance, because Mickey IS arrogant. But has anybody EVER run for office without a little bit of arrogance behind it? There hasn't been enough information in the news stories to show Mickey had any intent to do wrong. Maybe there is some, but I haven't seen it. So based on that, I think the punishment was harsh. Restitution; absolutely. Fine; not a problem. Five years probation; a bit much. Banned from public office forever; over the top, in my opinion. Seems to me there's a goodly bit of arrogance on the other side of this matter, too.
LeeR December 18, 2012 at 05:17 PM
It is my understanding that Thompson engineered this payment policy a year or so into his first term as mayor. Back then, several members of the City council would not show up for meetings, but still draw a pay check for being elected to the council seat. The intention of the newly formed policy was to motivate council members to attend meetings. You are spot on with Thompson's arrogance. Later on down the road, Thompson began using this method of pay to motivate members of the council to follow him on his policy decisions during votes. You play, you get paid. Oppose me, and you will not get paid for that ribbon cutting. His arrogance led him to feel like he owned the mayor's office. He reviewed and controlled his own pay and the pay of each member of the council. The city clerk raised questions with the city attorney and the city manager. Thompson knew this. This brings the next question. Who is ultimately over the mayor in a day to day situation like this?
Faye Watkins December 18, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Equal crime should do equal time. I believe he should serve time for his crime along with any and all cost due resulting from his actions and returned to our county. Making deals should not be an option just because he held office.
Faye Watkins December 18, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Equal crime should do equal time. I believe he should serve time for his crime along with any and all cost due resulting from his actions and returned to our county. Making deals should not be an option just because he held office.
JB December 18, 2012 at 08:32 PM
While I have never lived within the city limits only in the county for 53 yrs, I think he got exactly what I expected. Had it been a "common" person being charged with 90 +crimes they would have been put under that new fancy jail that taxpayers are funding. What a shame! And to Janice Goad......arrogance is no excuse for breaking the law, Thompson knew exactly what he was doing.
JB December 18, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I am appauled that you think that Thompson should be allowed to hold public office again. He has committed crimes against the citizens of Douglasville and the law that can also effect the county. Your way of thinking reminds me of the Kennedy clan. I learned in school and from my parents many years ago that to hold a government office should be an honor but I reckon not. I think people have forgotten what "honor" means haven't they. You know the saying charity begins at home well maybe it should be said for honor also then we wouldn't have so many crooked politicans in Washington. Shame on you Janice Goad!!!
Bruce December 18, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Stole nearly $30,000! Got probation? Remember, the GBI didn't check but just a few years. Why didn't the GBI go back and back and back and root out the whole thing? Because the game is rigged in Douglas County.
Bruce December 18, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Hey, don't forget Douglas County Commissioner Claude Abercrombie. He had his ex-wife on the county insurance plan, which she used. That's illegal. He got a slap on the wrist when multiple felonies were reduced to a single misdemeanor. And the DA found nothing unusual about Rodney Graham's death in the Douglas County jail! Thankfully his family retained the services of a good attorney, who found otherwise. $1 million pay out! The game is rigged. Some day the chickens are coming home to roost! There is a God.
Janice Goad December 20, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Well, JB, I'm NOT ashamed of my opinion, no more than you are of yours, apparently. Washington is full of crooked politicians, you say. Who elected them? What do you REALLY know about the people who get your vote? I don't live in the city, either, so I never voted for Mickey. If I did, he wouldn't have gotten my vote because I DO know him. But I DON'T know him to be a thief. For you who think this is absolutely the most scandalous thing EVER, you really need to go sit in a courtroom for a while and listen. Do you think, because this is Douglas County rather than Fulton, DeKalb or Gwinnett, that there's no white collar crime? I'm not saying that makes it RIGHT. I'm just saying that what Mickey did, regardless of what JB may think he knows about what was in Mickey's mind, is NOT the worst thing that's ever happened here, but his punishment seems -- TO ME -- to be a bit excessive. He repaid all the money. He paid a fine. Knowing Mickey, the public humiliation is FAR worse than a period of probation, and five years seems a lot. And for two current elected officials to declare that HE, Mickey, could never again seek public office strikes me as potentially the pot calling the kettle black. Mickey HAS run for public office after he left the office of mayor. He wasn't elected. THAT'S the way the public should express its opinion of his worthiness to hold office. This smelled a lot like a witch hunt, regardless of WHO was being hunted.
JB December 20, 2012 at 08:40 PM
You are right you are entiled to your opinion the same as I am. I stand by mine.You however seem to be making excuses for Thompson for his "mistakes". He was a smug person with his power and got caught with his pants down and was punished. You are also right that DC is filled with crooked politicans who have not come to judgement yet , but hopefully they will someday soon. When they do I will think the same way about them and I hope they also receive their just rewards. Yes Thompson did run for office again BEFORE charges were brought against him but thank goodness he lost. I am speaking from a strictly non personal view of things obviously you are not. Be my guest and continue to support him but me and mine will not.
J M December 21, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Something is rotten in Douglasville!! I agree with y'all that the punishment should fit the crime and you and I would be in stripes!!!!!!
Julie Camp December 21, 2012 at 02:46 PM
JB, if you watch sentencing in other cases, first time convictions always end with probation when the criminal pleads guilty. Most DA offices try for the plea deals. It saves taxpayers money and insures a conviction.
Mouth Of The South December 23, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Well the arson fire and destruction of the cotton mill in douglasville involving the 3 men even after pleading guilty still received months of carceration for their crime so be careful camp about the statements you make and not to sound arrogance!
JB December 24, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Julie Camp I know about plea deals and they should never be a "deal" of any kind in a case like this. I have even heard of murder trails ending in a plea deal and the murderer receiving maybe 20 years. I do not believe in them except maybe in extreme cases. Otherwise the law should be followed because when it is not it continues to weaken the judical system. I'm sick and tired of criminals getting away with crimes and especially through "plea DEALS". This is my opinion of course.
Julie Camp December 24, 2012 at 07:29 AM
You can't depend on a conviction, even with an air tight case. Plea deals are the fastest way to get a guilty plea. I've seen criminals get arrested over and over for the same crimes and not get convicted. Those people were guilty, but lucky with juries and lost evidence. They drug out their cases until the officers involved remembered little about the case.
Bruce December 28, 2012 at 09:48 PM
The hanging judge and the hanging prosecutor and a lying, stealing mayor gets better treatment than someone who doesn't cut his grass to suit code enforcement. Come on, Julie, you know these should have been felonies. The bar for an elected official to be charged with a felony is much lower than for the ordinary citizen. Anyone remember the former mayor of Lithia Springs, Rosamary Johnson, who was charged with multiple felonies by McDade for alleged taking home some nuts, aluminum foil and cleaning materials... and she was not even paid a salary and brought items from her own home and paid for them with her own money! Was it 56 years in prison she faced and a few hundred thousand dollars in fines? Wasn't that it, Julie? And all that for less than $100 worth of nuts, aluminum foil and cleaning materials. She said they were after her because she stood in the way of the plans of the county and the city of Douglasville for development (more taxes) on Thornton Rd and Bankhead Hwy.
Bruce December 28, 2012 at 09:51 PM
QUESTION FOR JULIE CAMP: Are you Judge Julie Camp?


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