Warrenton to pay $24,855 in attorney fees, new Mayor Chris McCorkle and councilmen sworn in
By Caitlin Boland

Mayor Chris McCorkle takes the oath of office from Warren Co. Chief Magistrate and Probate Judge Janice Thigpen. Councilmen Steve Giddens and Brenda Johnson were also sworn in.
The Warrenton City Council voted on Wednesday to finish paying attorney fees incurred by former Mayor George Ivey.
The City of Warrenton’s council approved a resolution for payment of $24,855 in remaining attorney fees.
In September 2016, Ivey, who was the mayor of Warrenton at the time, filed a lawsuit in Warren County Superior Court against the city council, claiming that several ordinances conflicted with the City’s charter and infringed upon his duties as mayor.
On Oct. 13, 2017, exactly one year to the day of the superior court ruling, the Georgia Court of Appeals handed down a ruling after Ivey appealed the 2016 decision of the trial court which concluded that certain general ordinances of the City of Warrenton didn’t conflict with the city’s charter. Ivey also claimed in his appeal that the trial court failed to award reasonable attorney fees.
Ivey claimed to have incurred approximately $20,000 in attorney fees and out of pocket costs, but the trial court only awarded him $5,000 in attorney fees and additional expenses.
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