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  • Ex-Fulton sheriff skates on $40K in illegal donations

    Ex-Fulton sheriff skates on $40K in illegal donations
    November 4, 2011 --

    Eight years after the fact, former Fulton County Sheriff Jacqueline Barrett is off the hook for accepting $40,000 in illegal campaign contributions that played a part in her removal from office. The Georgia Campaign Finance Commission, acknowledging procedural errors, dismissed a complaint over the donations, which were associated with a shaky $7.2 million investment made with money under her control.

    Pitts may settle 8-year ethics dispute over campaign loans

    Pitts may settle 8-year ethics dispute over campaign loans
    January 21, 2010 --

    On the eve of the 2001 Atlanta mayoral election, candidate Robb Pitts’ campaign bounced a $45,000 check. Several campaign officials made loans to cover the check in amounts far exceeding limits on political contributions. Pitts, now a Fulton County commissioner, may be about to settle ethics charges stemming from the loans. But will he have to pay back the money?

    Hearing officer: DK police chief was insubordinate, misused county cars

    Hearing officer: DK police chief was insubordinate, misused county cars
    August 18, 2009 --

    Fired DeKalb County Police Chief Terrell Bolton was insubordinate, misused county vehicles and repeatedly engaged in conduct unbecoming an officer, an administrative hearing officer has ruled. Download the full decision.

    DeKalb rejects parks director’s appeal of firing over swim meet snafu

    DeKalb rejects parks director's appeal of firing over swim meet snafu
    August 11, 2009 --

    Marilyn Boyd Drew appealed her July 20 firing as DeKalb County’s parks and recreation director, but she won’t get a hearing like the county’s police chief did. Records show the county rejected Drew’s appeal on the grounds that her job was exempt from the Merit System’s protection. She was once mistakenly classified as a merit employee, but not anymore.

    Bolton returned luxury cars, then changed take-home policy

    Bolton returned luxury cars, then changed take-home policy
    July 28, 2009 --

    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.

    Fired DeKalb police chief: ‘I was unique’

    Fired DeKalb police chief: 'I was unique'
    July 15, 2009 --

    Fired DeKalb police chief Terrell Bolton testified today he was exempt from county procedures forbidding police executives from taking compensatory time. He said Vernon Jones, former DeKalb CEO, promised Bolton comp time in 2007 when he was hired. “My deal was that I had followed the [comp time] policy as established by my boss,” he testified as an appeal hearing on his firing resumed. “I was an executive and I was unique.”

    Update: Judge rolls back clock, ethics fine

    Update: Judge rolls back clock, ethics fine
    May 13, 2009 --

    Public Service Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald Jr. (right) should pay a sharply reduced fine for campaign disclosure violations, a judge has recommended. The judge ruled that McDonald’s campaign committed 169 violations of disclosure requirements after his losing 2002 campaign for the PSC, as investigators for the State Ethics Commission had contended. But administrative law judge […]

    PSC’s McDonald faces $25K ethics fine

    March 23, 2009 --

    Public Service Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald is looking at a possible $24,850 fine for campaign finance violations during his 2002 race against Angela Speir. McDonald failed to report $46,000 in campaign contributions and $76,000 in spending from that race, a state investigator testified today.