City councilman retires after 44 years - CBS46 News

City councilman retires after 44 years

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CUMMING, GA (CBS46) - A Cumming city councilman has announced he'll retire in May from the position he's held since 1970.

Rupert Sexton, who turns 77 on April 25, said in an email that he'll step down from the Cumming City Council effective May 1. 

"I have served 78% of my adult life for my employer, 'the citizens of Cumming,'" wrote Sexton.

In the email, Sexton claimed he attended ribbon cuttings for two city halls, two courthouses, a city park, an aquatic center, Lanier Technical College, University of North Georgia Cumming campus and the Georgia National Guard Readiness Center.

The final few months of Sexton's tenure were marked by political drama. In December, the city council launched an investigation into whether Sexton should be impeached for allegedly making public a document that contained the names of employees on the city's health insurance plan. 

Mayor Ford Gravitt said the document is confidential. Sexton denied he did anything wrong and suggested Gravitt was trying to deflect attention from the document's revelation that Gravitt's girlfriend had been receiving city-paid health insurance since 2005, even though she's not an employee. 

Council decided to hold off on impeachment efforts after Attorney General Sam Olens declined to offer a legal opinion on the issues. 

City officials said a plan for a special election to fill Sexton's seat should be finalized next week. 

Sexton is not the longest-serving councilman in Cumming. According to the city website, Quincy Holton was first elected in 1968 and took office January 1, 1969.

Like Sexton, Gravitt was first elected to his current position in 1970 and has been mayor ever since.

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