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    Atlanta schools top peers – by far – in $100K+ salaries

    Atlanta schools top peers - by far - in $100K+ salaries

    Nearly 1,000 employees in five local school districts earned $100,000 or more in 2008-09, with the heaviest concentration by far in Atlanta Public Schools, an analysis of salary data shows. Administrative salaries face the knife across metro Atlanta as districts try to tighten budgets without harming classroom instruction. DeKalb last year paid more $100,000+ salaries — 223 — than any other Georgia district, followed by Fulton, Gwinnett, Atlanta and Cobb. For its size, though, Atlanta Superintendent Beverly Hall‘s district had more large salaries than the others.

    21 legislators took $5K+ in freebies from lobbyists

    21 legislators took $5K+ in freebies from lobbyists

    Twenty-one Georgia legislators accepted gifts valued at $5,000 or more from lobbyists last year. Led by Senate majority leader Chip Rogers, the 21 legislators accounted for 10 percent of the $1.5 million in lobbyist handouts last year. We’re talking gift baskets, food and drink, golf, sports and concert tickets, lodging and airfare. These are the lawmakers who can’t say no.

    Gift ban would hit government lobbyists hardest

    Gift ban would hit government lobbyists hardest

    Which lobbyists would be hit hardest by a proposed ban on $100-plus gifts to Georgia legislators? Hint: Lobbyist Dene Herbert Sheheane and the others hand out a lot of tickets to ballgames.

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

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

    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.

    University execs’ deferred pay, often hidden, tops $7 million

    University execs' deferred pay, often hidden, tops $7 million

    When Wayne Clough left Georgia Tech last year, he drove off  with $1.8 million in deferred pay, behind the wheel of a 2007 Lexus hybrid SUV given to him by the school’s foundation. Carl Patton and Michael Adams have received similarly sweet deals. All told, 10 University System executives have pocketed or accrued more than $7 million since 2004 in deferred pay. Officials say furloughs will not affect the amounts.

    Bolton returned luxury cars, then changed take-home policy

    Bolton returned luxury cars, then changed take-home policy

    Ex-DeKalb police chief Terrell Bolton, fired for personal use of county vehicles, gave himself sole authority to approve use of take-home police cars late last year, records show. But that directive took effect several weeks after he returned two luxury cars, seized from drug dealers, that had been parked in the garage of his Stone Mountain home for much of 2008, according to evidence in an administrative hearing on his dismissal.

    Judge lobbied legislator who was defendant in his court

    Judge lobbied legislator who was defendant in his court

    An interesting sidebar to last week’s legal malpractice trial of state Rep. Randal Mangham: The judge who gave Mangham a new trial in 2008 had to drop the case because he’d been lobbying the legislator to fund a program in his court. A DeKalb County State Court jury on May 6 awarded $625,000 in damages […]

    DeKalb chief’s comp time: Dinner … and a movie!

    DeKalb chief's comp time: Dinner ... and a movie!

    One Sunday last April, then-DeKalb County Police Chief Terrell Bolton suited up for a three-hour Buckhead dinner honoring two slain officers. On a Saturday night several weeks earlier, the chief spent three hours at the Atlanta premiere of the new movie by Tyler Perry, “Meet the Browns.” And, for the 2007 holiday season, Bolton took […]

    Investigators: DeKalb chief falsified records to hide cars

    Investigators: DeKalb chief falsified records to hide cars

    By JIM WALLS April 21, 2009 — Former DeKalb Police Chief Terrell Bolton told a subordinate to falsify police records to hide two luxury cars that the chief took home for personal use, investigative records show. Bolton kept the cars – a $32,000 Range Rover and a $55,000 Mercedes Benz – at home for much […]

    Tax liens totaling $248K filed against 12 Georgia legislators

    Tax liens totaling $248K filed against 12 Georgia legislators

    Liens for a combined $248,402 in back taxes have been filed against 12 Georgia legislators, property records show. State officials recently said 19 members of the General Assembly did not file a Georgia income tax return in 2007. The Revenue Department had not yet filed liens against them, so the legislators’ names were blocked out […]