“It’s time for a fresh start to get control of our budget. It’s time for a fresh start to improve transparency in city government and it’s time for a fresh start to get Stockbridge moving in the right direction,” he said in a statement.
Stockbridge Mayor Mark Alarcon, who as mayor pro tem took office in December after former Mayor Lee Stuart was ousted, said he will meet the challenge.
“I’m aware of that, along with some others,” Alarcon said about Thompson’s candidacy. “He is the only one who has gone public with his intentions. I announced at my Mayor’s Breakfast and whenever I’ve spoken, I’m running for office. I’m confident that my record is going to be able to overcome anyone who wants to step into the arena.”
In his statement, Thompson, president and CEO of Stockbridge insurance agency Lincoln Insurance Group, said he knows how to meet payroll, cut spending and balance a budget.
“The cost of payroll and salaries for the city’s governing, executive and administration departments has more than doubled over the past three years,” he said. “Spending has increased 49 percent during that time period. While other cities and counties are cutting costs, our current mayor has orchestrated a spending explosion.”
Alarcon rebutted the allegation.
“How can I phrase this to be as kind as I can? Mr. Thompson’s reference to my ‘spending explosion’ is a clear example of his lack of knowledge and understanding when it comes to municipal accounting and I welcome debating him on this issue in the months to come,” he said.
A 102-page civil case brought by Stuart had a hearing last week in Henry County Superior Court before Judge Arch McGarity
“Stuart in his tenure as mayor had filed multiple lawsuits against the city,” City Manager David Milliron said. “Those lawsuits all need to be resolved.”
What's next? The hearing is being continued July 17 at 9 a.m.