One week after being cleared of any criminal activity relating to an alleged attempt to gain access to the mayor’s office, Warner Robins City Clerk Stan Martin was suspended without pay, according to a Monday letter from Mayor John Havrilla.
Martin and another city employee have been on paid administrative leave since the Oct. 7 incident in which they were accused of attempting to gain access to the mayor’s office. Last week, a Houston County grand jury decided no charges would be brought against the pair.
Havrilla could not be reached for comment.
A City Council meeting has been called for 5:15 p.m. today.
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Martin and Christine Armstrong, an information technology employee, were accused of attempting to gain access to the mayor’s office through ceiling tiles from a connecting office at 5:20 p.m. Oct. 7.
The locks on the mayor’s office were changed after the Sept. 28 death of Mayor Donald Walker.
Martin has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. His lawyer, Bo Sammons, says Martin was just trying to quell a rumor that something was hidden in the ceiling above the mayor’s office.
Sammons said he does not understand why Martin would be suspended without pay now that his name has been cleared.
“I would expect government to be more fair,” he said.
Information from The Telegraph’s archives was included in this report.
To contact writer Jennifer Burk, call 256-9705.