A special commission appointed by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has suspended longtime Broxton Mayor Bobby Reynolds.
Reynolds was indicted in December, along with his daughter, the former city clerk, over the disappearance of $575,000 in city funds. In December, a Coffee County grand jury charged Reynolds, 69, with two felony counts of violating his oath of office, two misdemeanor counts of malfeasance of office and a single count of failing to take and file the proper oath of office.
His daughter, Tracy Lott, 48, was charged with two counts of theft by taking and one count of making false statements. Last year, the City Commission fired her after an audit dating back to 2000 determined the money was missing.
Both Reynolds and Lott pleaded not guilty.
Officials said that Reynolds failed to have audits conducted on city finances since 1999, a condition of receiving monies from the state.
Reynolds was accused of failing to oversee the city finances and failing to supervise his daughter. During the period Jan. 1, 2008 though mid-July 2009, she overpaid herself at least $15,000 in salary. She also lied to Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents about the overpayments.
If convicted, Reynolds faces up to 13 years behind bars, and Lott faces 35 years.