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Fired arborist settles whistleblower suit against ATL

February 2, 2011 --

Fired Atlanta arborist Tom Coffin settled his whistleblower suit against City Hall on Tuesday, just before his case was scheduled to go to trial, his lawyers say. Under the deal, the city admits no blame and Coffin gets his pension back and $165,000 in damages and fees, lawyers Gerry Weber and Brian Spears announced today. The City Council still must approve the settlement.

Aug. 25

August 25, 2010 --

Columbus mayor vows to rebuild Parks & Rec after officials arrested DeKalb official ‘resigned’ with $45K severance Calhoun farmer and congressman’s aide lock horns Confidential files found in City Hall East sale items Councilman challenges new ATL code compliance director Fired Macon State College worker ‘considering options’ after ruling Some good may come from Cherokee Co. […]

Aug. 6

August 6, 2010 --

DeKalb CEO’s campaign manager recommended contract termination ATL code compliance officer accused of shakedown Cheating charge halts ATL fire promotions Cyber school supporters say charter commission depriving students Athens chemical spill killed 15K fish Catoosa Co. magistrate being kept from office Judge: Jury should hear Imperial Sugar damage claims Grand jury to consider Tybee tasing […]

Audit: ATL code compliance looked good — after cooking the books

Audit: ATL code compliance looked good -- after cooking the books
July 12, 2010 --

Atlanta’s Office of Code Compliance manipulated inspection data to inflate the agency’s caseload and vastly overstate its performance, city auditors say. Its files were such a mess that workers often couldn’t even find paperwork for a particular case. Auditors said the office staff was told to record inspection dates even if no inspection had occurred. For one month, the faulty data made it appear the average inspection was conducted 14 days after the complaint came in; auditors calculated it really took nearly six months.