SAVANNAH, Ga (WSAV) — A Port Wentworth Councilwoman is resigning effectively immediately the city says.
JoEllen “Jo” Smith was a Councilwoman at-large for the City of Port Wentworth.
In Nov. 2022, Smith had two fellow councilmembers lodge an ethics complaint against her stating that Smith was “extremely hostile” to other councilmembers after the council unanimously rejected a contract that would have benefitted her sister’s grant acquisition company. Smith had also worked for her sister’s company.
In addition, Smith was also accused of not living in the City of Port Wentworth. According to records from the Cobb County Board of Tax Assessors, she has owned a house in Marietta, Ga since 2013.
Another complaint included the councilwoman abusing her Port Wentworth credit card.
Smith gave a statement regarding the decision to resign:
Unfortunately, I will be moving from Port Wentworth due to time-consuming business obligations and extensive travel schedule. Effective immediately, I must resign my seat on the City Council of Port Wentworth. It has been an honor to advocate for you.Councilwoman at-large JoEllen Smith
The ethics complaint has since been dismissed and the hearing on the complaint has been canceled due to her resignation.