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It's been a tough few weeks for Kay Hollis.

"The people who do know me say, 'We're with you,'" Hollis said.

The Chapin Town Councilwoman said she feels she no longer has the power to represent the people who elected her and it's all because of the town's mayor Skip Wilson.

"Well, it is a power struggle," Hollis said. "Our new mayor seems to think he was elected dictator."

Mayor Wilson and Councilman Gregg White are still at an impasse with the three other council members: Robbie Frick, BiBi Atkins, and Hollis.

Weeks ago, the three called special meetings and voted to strip the mayor's power to approve agendas and to reinstate the town clerk, Adrienne Thompson, who the mayor suspended.

But after a judge's ruling last week, it was all null and void.

The judge decided the mayor has final say over agendas and the special meetings were illegal.

"He doesn't include the town council in any decisions," Hollis said.

But now, new controversy is brewing.

Hollis said both BB&T and Community First banks froze the town's bank accounts because with no secretary, no checks could be signed, since checks to pay employees and make purchases require two signatures, the clerk's and the mayor's.

But WIS found out Friday the main account at Community First has been reopened since Councilman Gregg White's name was added to the account.

It was a decision that didn't include the rest of council including Hollis.

"I'm very disappointed in our mayor's decision," Hollis said.

Hollis said White is one of the mayor's closest allies and fears a wider impact.

"It allows him to pay the bills but also to spend the money any way he wants to," Hollis said.

WIS asked the mayor's communications director for comment from the mayor but she said that he is out of the country.

Meanwhile the mayor pro tem said employees were still paid on Monday despite the bank accounts being frozen.

She said the thousands of dollars in wages were instead paid with utility funds.

The communications director said she didn't know if that was true.

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