City asks official to resign

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Hephzibah commissioners are pleading with Peter Ciccio to relinquish his seat.

In a letter delivered this week, city attorney Victor Hawk asked the commissioner to put the interest of Hephzibah residents above his own and step down.

Mr. Ciccio's fellow city commissioners voted to remove him from office in November after he pleaded guilty to felony theft charges. Mr. Ciccio sued the city, but last month a Superior Court judge ruled that commissioners had the right to remove Mr. Ciccio from office for violating the state's ethics code.

"He's not going to resign. He's going to appeal," said Mr. Ciccio's attorney, Freddie Sanders.

Because of the appeal, there is no final decision and Mr. Ciccio technically can remain on the commission, both attorneys said.

Mr. Sanders said Mr. Ciccio is being unfairly punished for exercising his constitutional right to a trial.

The criminal acts he was accused of - buying stolen tractors - occurred before he was elected. The case was delayed at the prosecutor's request, Mr. Sanders said.

On behalf of Hephzibah, Mr. Hawk requested Mr. Ciccio's resignation by Monday. If he doesn't resign, Mr. Hawk will petition the court to remove him from office until the Court of Appeals rules on the case.

Mr. Ciccio continues to attend commission meetings and vote, Mr. Hawk said. The problem is that if Judge Neal Dickert's ruling is affirmed on appeal, the validity of any commission decision made after that ruling can be challenged, Mr. Hawk said.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

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toppergem
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toppergem 07/14/07 - 12:24 am
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Why are there no comments on

Why are there no comments on this commissioner's behavior. Not one single comment before mine. If this were a story about Marion Williams there would be comment after comment. This man has admitted to being a crook an the general public has remained silent. Is it because he is from Columbia county and not Richmond county? What is up with that? This man should be removed from office by any means necessary.

WhiskyDick
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WhiskyDick 07/14/07 - 04:03 am
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Is Hephzibah in Columbia

Is Hephzibah in Columbia County? I'm so lost...

askme2b123
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askme2b123 07/14/07 - 05:18 am
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Get a map. Better yet, while

Get a map. Better yet, while you are on the internet go to Map Quest and you will find the location of Hephzibah. Knowledge is POWER!

nofrills
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nofrills 07/14/07 - 05:21 am
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I dont care what color he is!

I dont care what color he is! Throw him out. A thief can't be trusted and if you buy stolen goods you are just as bad as the guy who stole it. This is one time I agree with Mr. Hawk but thats another issue

JimCox
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JimCox 07/14/07 - 05:21 am
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You can rest assured that

You can rest assured that "Pee Wee" Ciccio is letting J.B. Powell call the shots on this one.

getalife
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getalife 07/14/07 - 06:18 am
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A crook is a crook,

A crook is a crook, regardless of where he lives and his color!! He should be man enough to leave the commission without all these problems!!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 07/14/07 - 07:32 am
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Toppergem it may be because

Toppergem it may be because you posted at 1 am before anyone else even woke up....nah that couldn't be it could it?????

Dixieland4
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Dixieland4 07/14/07 - 07:44 am
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Toppergem... The difference

Toppergem... The difference is that Marion Williams is a liar and an idiot!!!!!! He can't help it though.

NEone
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NEone 07/14/07 - 09:04 am
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Toppergem, maybe you had a

Toppergem, maybe you had a little too much to drink last night?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/14/07 - 09:41 am
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Ciccio needs to go. He's not

Ciccio needs to go. He's not helping his community or himself by remaining in office. He's already been convicted of buying stolen goods and his fellow commissioners have voted to remove him. An appeal will extend his time in office, but he'll still have to go eventually. It's sad that Hephzibah has their "Marion Williams" to deal with too. Toppergem, I notice you haven't posted since 1:24am, don't you care about this subject any more? Are you going to defend Ciccio like you do Williams, even if he's white?

owensjef
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owensjef 07/14/07 - 10:25 am
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Come on Pat , how does this

Come on Pat , how does this relate to Marion Williams. Get the hate out please, it will kill you.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/14/07 - 10:44 am
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owensjefro, let me explain.

owensjefro, let me explain. (I'm typing real slow) Marion is a disruptive force that constantly interferes with the operations of the A-RC commission. Ciccio is a disruptive force in the Hephzibah commission. The two relative positions are 1) disruptive and 2)commission. Are you going to make some more of your brilliant comments in defense of Ciccio, or is it just black against white with you?

ralph_01
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ralph_01 07/14/07 - 10:56 am
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Mr. Ciccio does not need to

Mr. Ciccio does not need to resign. He was voted into office after he was indicted, the people of Hephzibah knew who he was before they voted for him, knew what type of person he was. that is why he got elected. He stands in office for the people of Hephzibah, unlike the other councilmen who are in office. They are there for their own personal gain. Hephzibah has a preacher on the city council, what happened forgiving people.
If anyone is kicked off, it should be the people of Hephzibah deciding on that. they put him in office why should the other councilmen get to vote him off. They want him out of there just because he tries to look out for Hephzibahs better interest.

WorriedAboutOurFuture
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WorriedAboutOurFuture 07/14/07 - 11:03 am
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JANET, you don't mean

JANET, you don't mean "forgive", you mean "overlook". If the people elected him despite his indictment, they either didn't know about it (hard to believe)or they didn't care (hard to stomach).

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Carleton Duvall 07/14/07 - 11:16 am
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There is an old saying that

There is an old saying that goes something like this " I know he is a crook but he is OUR crook" That is what the people of Boston kept saying when they elected a guy named Curly while he was locked up in jail. His inauguration was delayed until his sentence was completed

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/14/07 - 11:21 am
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Janet101, I understand your

Janet101, I understand your words, but don't understand your reasoning. The people voted for him after he was indicted, not convicted. This is the type of person Hephzibah wants representing them? The rest of the commission wants him out of office for representing the community? You're entitled to your opinion, but it sounds like a very tough sell to me.

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Brad Owens 07/14/07 - 02:41 pm
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He was always a stand up guy

He was always a stand up guy when I dealt with him. Stolen tractors? Is this a bad episode of South Park or something?

CantTrustaDumbocrat
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CantTrustaDumbocrat 07/14/07 - 09:17 pm
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PeeWee Cicco was sentenced

PeeWee Cicco was sentenced under Georgia's first offender act. The provisions of this act state that it is not considered a conviction. It is like a no-lo for felonies. You are not saying you did or did not do the crime and get a "slap on the wrist" This is one of the reasons Freddie Sanders has advised him not to resign. After successfully compleating probation his record will be cleared as if he never plead guilty. The city placed him on the commission after he had been indicted. At the time this case was going to be null processed. It was only brought to court for political reasons. Under the letter of the law, the city and Victor Hawk do not have a legal leg to stand on. BTW Freddie can beat Victor in a court of law with both hands tied behind his back!

ralph_01
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ralph_01 07/15/07 - 04:38 pm
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Okay how many of you talking

Okay how many of you talking even live in Hephzibah City Limits? And if you do how many meetings have you been to? Any of you know Pee Wee personally? He has always been a hard working man, raised his children all of their lives in Heph
He is in the spot light right now because he is not a "yes man" for the other city council. They want him out so they can replace him with someone close to them. Pee Wee does not let them make decisions that benefit them financially. Some of these guys own land or businesses in Hephzibah, and PW will not let them benefit at the expense of Hephzibah citizens. There was a firefighter that was "let go" after 20 yrs only to have a relative of a councilmen benefit from this firing. The only thing PW has ever done was to make Heph safer. He is the reason we now have more Police and better equipment in the city. Since he was relinquished of the Police Commissioners job, the officers now have to drive their personal vehicles home. Unlike the rest of the "professional departments" around the world. Where does the money go that they are saving from this. Those men are on a limited income already. I say KEEP PEE WEE! The citizens of Heph will be better off!

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