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Foster Douglas Served By Deputies At City Hall

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High Point, NC -- Sheriff's deputies served High Point City Councilman Foster Douglas outside council chambers Tuesday afternoon.

Douglas has not paid a decade-old $32,000 judgement. 

READ: HP City Councilman Owes City $32,000

A federal judge ordered Douglas to pay 10 years ago after he and his brother lost a lawsuit against the city.

His debt came back to light a few weeks ago when Douglas requested $2,500 for a council related trip. 

Councilman Douglas told WFMY News 2 two weeks ago he would pay the debt, but he hasn't.

READ: Councilman Says He Will Pay Debt, Didn't Say When

The city filed a notice of rights against Douglas for the second time in August. 

A Captain with the Guilford County Sheriff's Office told WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower serving Foster at City Hall was a last resort.

He said they went to Douglas' High Point house five times, but say he was never home.

READ: High Point Councilman's Neighbors Say "They Never See Him"

Douglas said he had "no comments" to make at the meeting, Tuesday. 

He will have 30 days to complete the "notice of rights" he was served. 

"The first step is a service where, whoever is receiving it has the option to write down their other expenses and judgments might be to see if a judgment is suitable," explained High Point City Manager Strib Boynton.

He added, "The city is going after that to collect that judgment. I don't know if we are going to be successful or not, if we are great, if we are not the city will renew the [judgment] for another ten years."

Douglas has served as a councilman since 2008.

In that time, he has been paid more than $60,000 in salary and benefits for the city. 

READ: Councilman Spends and Makes Money, Doesn't Pay Debt

The High Point City Council approved a new travel policy at Tuesday's meeting. It reads in part, "Travel must benefit the City, and Council-members must be current with no outstanding, delinquent and unpaid taxes, privilege licenses, utility bill, judgment, or other obligations due the City."

Douglas was the only member to vote against the policy.

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