Amid calls to step down, Peachtree City councilwoman sells home, leaves city

The city would not confirm whether Gretchen Caola formally resigned, only saying she “no longer meets the qualifications to hold office in Peachtree City.”
Published: Aug. 30, 2022 at 9:58 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 31, 2022 at 8:30 AM EDT
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PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (CBS46) - A metro Atlanta city councilwoman accused of abusing her power for her own benefit has left her post.

Peachtree City Councilwoman Gretchen Caola sold her home and left the city.

This comes less than one week after our CBS46 investigation exposed Caola and her husband, Joe, asked city workers to add speed bumps to the paths near their home, and tried to have a popular public path removed.

Their actions led to dozens of outraged community members calling for her resignation, as well as putting signs that read “Save Our Paths” in their yards.

The Peachtree City Council held a special meeting Tuesday evening to address Caola’s departure.

The special meeting lasted roughly two minutes. The city would not confirm whether Caola formally resigned, only saying, “Ms. Caola no longer meets the qualifications to hold office in Peachtree City.”

The council went on to formally declare Caola’s Post 3 seat open. It also adopted a resolution that will allow a special election on November 8 to fill her vacancy, a special election that will, according to estimates, cost taxpayers roughly $50,000.

CBS46 attempted to talk to Caola multiple times since the beginning of our investigation, but were turned down.

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