Snellville Mayor Files Restraining Order Against City Council

Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz has asked the Gwinnett Superior Court to approve a temporary restraining order and a permanent injunction against all five members of the city council, as well as the acting city manager and city clerk.

The Gwinnett Daily Post is reporting that Kautz filed the lawsuit on Friday.

The suit claims the council members have been engaging in illegal meetings and continuing to use Kautz’s signature on city documents without her authority.

On Jan. 13, the city council voted to officially recognize Butch Sanders (acting city manager) and Melisa Arnold (city clerk) in their roles, after Kautz sought to remove them earlier in the month.

The action also stripped Kautz of some of her signatory powers and set up the possibility of removing more, including the mayor’s pay.

A hearing has not been scheduled in the case, but the attorneys said one could come as early as next week.


  1. saltycracker says:

    The 5,500 or so households in Snellville go to great expense to be entertained by a mayor and a city manager, 5 council members and 100 city employees. Might be cheaper to rethink how they do business or mail their charter back to the state and merge with the county.

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