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Councilman stung by ethics fine pushes oversight of ethics officer

Councilman stung by ethics fine pushes oversight of ethics officer
March 14, 2012 --

An Atlanta city councilman who tangled with the city’s ethics officer last year wants to place that job under the council’s control. Lamar Willis‘ proposal calls for the Board of Ethics to give the council three names to consider, rather than just one, to fill a vacancy pending since September. Ethics advocates fear the plan would politicize the appointment process and jeopardize the board’s independence. Former ethics officer Ginny Looney won settlements against Willis and five other council members since 2008. Willis said his proposal has nothing to do with his $3,500 ethics fine nor his complaint that the board’s case against him was “piling on” and not even “remotely necessary.”

Jan. 17

January 17, 2011 --

ATL Council committee seeks AHA eviction, relocation data Inmate charged in home invasion freed by mistake Crosby to chair Senate Ethics Committee

Cop oversight panel seeking subpoena power — and more

Cop oversight panel seeking subpoena power -- and more
May 17, 2010 --

A citizen oversight panel could learn today whether it may compel Atlanta police officers to appear to answer investigators’ questions. The Atlanta Citizen Review Board, at the instigation of member Rod Edmond, may file suit to force officers to cooperate if it does not get subpoena power. Maybe even if it does. UPDATE: On a 13-1 vote, the City Council today granted the board subpoena power and require the police chief to discipline officers who won’t cooperate with it.

April 20

April 20, 2010 --

Proposal said to make Ga. death statute vulnerable to attack SCLC factions battle over bank accounts, leadership positions Ethics lawyer resigns amid investigation Gender pay gap not as severe in Ga. Bill seeks to ban lobbyists on boards Saxby Chambliss and the fight over derivatives ATL councilman calls for moratorium on parking enforcement Columbus State […]

June 16

June 16, 2009 --

Council committee backs subpoenas of records in fatal police shootings