DAWSON, Ga — The City of Dawson is officially and suddenly without a mayor after an executive order directly from the Georgia governor.
Governor Nathan Deal’s order says, effective immediately, Mayor Christopher Wright is suspended from office over his indictment on several sex charges.
Wright’s charges include aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, child molestation, rape, and aggravated rape. A 12-year-old victim testified to a judge in February Wright had sex with her.
Governor Deal’s order says Wright is removed from either until his case is settled or until the end of his term on December 31st.
Wright is running for re-election. If he is voted back into office in November, he will be able to take office January 1st, despite an ongoing court case.
Governor Deal’s process to determine if Wright should be suspended includes appointing a 3-person ethics panel to review Wright’s indictment on child sex charges, according to News 3 sister station CBS46.