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The mayor of an Atlanta suburb has been suspended from office by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Deal signed an executive order Wednesday suspending Tom Witts as Snellville mayor. Witts faces more than 60 felony charges and is accused of using campaign funds to purchase a Caribbean cruise, airline tickets and a six-month subscription to pornographic websites.

Witts bonded out of jail with a signature in September and won’t have to pay any of his $20,000 bond unless he fails to show at any of his future court appearances.

Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter says an investigation into Witt’s finances began after a complaint was filed during the 2015 mayor’s race.

An acting mayor has been appointed after Witts suspended himself from the job.

 

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Jeremy Spencer is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden  and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus will be local news, statewide education issues, and political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as a education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns.

Jeremy grew up in rural Southern Georgia and he has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, and a state education official.  Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. He and his wife have lived in Camden County for 16 years and they have two teenage children. Jeremy and his family attend Christ Church Camden in Kingsland, GA.

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