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  • Jan. 8

    January 8, 2010 --

    GBI in criminal probe of former DOT treasurer New, secret documents revealed in Vick dogfighting case DeKalb DA sought more documents in school construction probe

    John Thompson, fired Clayton County school sup’t: $367,371

    January 8, 2010 --

    John Thompson, fired after just 11 months from his Clayton County post, ranked as the third-best-paid school superintendent in Georgia for 2009. Thompson pocketed about $367,000 in the fiscal year ending June 30. He lost his job in March, less than a year after he’d been hired to turn the school system around and lead it back to accreditation. Check out the rest of the state’s 10 highest-paid superintendents.

    $220K transfer to ex-speaker’s political fund may be illegal

    $220K transfer to ex-speaker's political fund may be illegal
    January 8, 2010 --

    Georgia law may prohibit ex-House Speaker Glenn Richardson‘s recent transfer of leftover campaign cash to a political fund under his control. On Dec. 31, a day before Richardson’s resignation took effect, he cleaned out his re-election campaign’s bank account with the transfer of $219,915 to the MMV Alliance Fund. One potential problem: MMV does not appear to be among the organizations that may legally accept unused campaign contributions.

    Jan. 7

    January 7, 2010 --

    Atlanta audit finds spending with no oversight DeKalb school system says no to DA’s investigators Judge steps down after questions about Facebook relationship Habersham DA says judge’s acts not criminal

    MaChelle Joseph, Ga. Tech women’s hoops coach: $358,099

    MaChelle Joseph, Ga. Tech women's hoops coach: $358,099
    January 7, 2010 --

    Orange Bowl-loser Paul Johnson was only the second-highest-paid coach at Georgia Tech last year, state records show. Tech paid MaChelle Joseph, the women’s basketball coach, $8,100 more than Johnson in fiscal year 2009. Johnson collects much more overall, but state auditors show Joseph’s base salary ranked second, behind UGA’s Mark Richt, among all coaches at state universities. Wonder who else made the Top 10?

    Jan. 6

    January 6, 2010 --

    Ex-Clayton police chief investigated for allegedly misusing surveillance equipment Handel decries ‘sex, lies and lobbyists’ at Capitol Rein in those lobbyists — after you have their cash Retired Gwinnett administrator pockets $300K for unused leave DeKalb teachers wear black to protest superintendent’s raise Fulton breaking state law, cities say Augusta city attorney gets $93K+ severance […]

    No rules apply to spending by ex-speaker’s political fund

    No rules apply to spending by ex-speaker's political fund
    January 5, 2010 --

    Former House Speaker Glenn Richardson‘s political fund, enriched last week with nearly $220,000 from a separate campaign account, can legally spend the money almost any way it wishes. “He could spend it on anything he wants to,” said Rick Thompson, former executive secretary of the State Ethics Commission. “If he wanted to pay his rent or buy an automobile through the MMV PAC fund, there’s no restrictions on what he can do … under the Ethics in Government Act.”

    Jan. 5

    January 5, 2010 --

    Clayton DA wants probe of ex-police chief DeKalb superintendent gets $15K raise Council: Lawrenceville mayor did not violate ethics code State child advocate resigns Allatoona preservation board ousts manager