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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.

Related Dougasville Patch articles:

Former Mayor Mickey Thompson Among 78 Indicted by Grand Jury Today

Should Mayor and City Council Members Get Paid Per Meeting?

Mickey Takes Last Lap as Mayor

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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