Snellville mayor does not address allegations at meeting

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Monday night was the first city council meeting since the Mayor of Snellville became the subject of a wide ranging investigation into alleged financial improprieties.

The majority in the crowd turned out in support of Mayor Tom Witts, while a smaller number were calling for his resignation.

The crowd burst into a spontaneous applause when Mayor Witts walked into council chambers.

The newly elected mayor is facing potential criminal charges after computers and records were seized from Witt's home, business and Snellville City Hall.

The GBI, Georgia Department of Revenue and Gwinnett County District Attorney's office are investigating allegations the mayor is behind on his personal taxes. The district attorney's office told FOX 5 they have expanded their probe into Witts' business, Georgia Property Restoration. A contract reportedly involved a nearly $4,000 window replacement job Witt's company did at Snellville City Hall.

"I'd like the council to look into that, and by the way, that contractor was Tom Witts," said Joe Newton.
He was one of three people to take the podium during public comment. The other two were supporters of the mayor, including a former Snellville City Council member who said he was cleared of wrongdoing while in office.

"Amazingly, some of the same people who accused me are accusing Tom. It just keeps on going and going," said former council member Kurt Schultz.

A representative with the Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office said if the investigation leads to evidence which should be handed over to a grand jury, it will be. They added financial matters take time to investigate.

Mayor Witts thanked supporters but did not address allegations. He said he is not ready to talk right now.

"I'll be glad to talk when it's the appropriate time," said Mayor Witts.

He also said he felt blessed to have all the support he is getting.