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Aug. 15

August 15, 2011 --

2 DeKalb board members: We cannot support choice for new school chief Lottery employees lose big after new law, budget cuts Ga. not reporting accounts receivable to the public

Dec. 17

December 17, 2010 --

Senate leaders object to Oaky Woods deal Ex-APD cop gets 2 years in prison DeKalb board to vote on $73K raise for superintendent Judge questions Forsyth County discharge permit

2 DeKalb housing officials cleared of ethics allegations

2 DeKalb housing officials cleared of ethics allegations
December 1, 2010 --

Two DeKalb County housing officials were cleared Wednesday of ethics charges stemming from their solicitation of political and charitable contributions from a private developer. George Maddox and Dorothy Williams, both board members of the DeKalb Housing Authority, each accepted $2,500 in donations from the developer. The DeKalb Board of Ethics found no evidence that the transactions influenced their official actions.

New bike paths spur ethics charge against DeKalb board member

August 12, 2010 --

A top DeKalb economic development official has a conflict of interest because he also heads a group that’s received $8 million in county payments, the DeKalb ethics board was told Wednesday night. McBrayer “is very clearly receiving a benefit from the PATH Foundation,” which has collected $8 million from DeKalb since 2004, said Brian Daughdrill, lawyer for a neighborhood group that lodged a complaint. But McBrayer’s lawyer, Elizabeth Branch, said those restrictions apply only to for-profit businesses, not non-profits: “Being a non-profit makes all the difference in the world.”

June 27

June 27, 2010 --

Unchecked staffer let funds flow on for mountain spa Critics blast Perdue for overseas trips, aides defend DeKalb board member’s business caters to schools Review: Warner Robins hiring practices inconsistent Fulton judge sets July 8 hearing on Oxendine ethics case Suspended Albany assistant city attorney alleges retaliation Police: Warner Robins councilman lied about stolen cellphone

May 28

May 29, 2010 --

Graves, Rogers deny bank’s claims in loan dispute Oxendine’s lawyer upset about timing of ethics hearing Barnes bashes bailed-out banks but invests in them — and reaps their dividends DeKalb board: ‘This is not normal business’ GBI launches probe of tasing of autistic teen on Tybee Opinion: Chatham ‘green’? What a joke

Grand jury indicts 2 top DeKalb school officials

Grand jury indicts 2 top DeKalb school officials
May 26, 2010 --

A DeKalb County grand jury today indicted former school Superintendent Crawford Lewis and Pat Reid, the district’s former chief operating officer, as well as her ex-husband, architect Tony Pope, and her secretary. The indictment alleges $80 million in fraudulently awarded construction contracts, tens of thousands of dollars in sports and theater tickets as bribes, and a taxpayer-funded stay in the Bahamas. The grand jury also charged, without elaboration, that Reid tried to blackmail Lewis.

Jan. 28

January 28, 2010 --

Perdue yanks bonds over DOT accounting flap AG candidate in federal court — as the defendant DeKalb board member wants school investigation ATL man arrested for catching cop on Facebook? UGA’s last-place ranking in minority enrollment inaccurate Board member, superintendent finalist in Dougherty have undisclosed business tie Opinion: Dougherty school chief choice tainted Family blames […]

DeKalb school board tables discussion of ethics code

DeKalb school board tables discussion of ethics code
December 8, 2009 --


A combative Eugene Walker on Monday talked the DeKalb County school board into holding off on discussing a proposed ethics code for board members. State Rep. Kevin Levitas last month proposed a state law giving the DeKalb board “a clear set of principles” to follow. Walker, who resigned as chairman of the DeKalb Development Authority this year after controversy over his role there, said Levitas’ proosal “offended” him. “We oughta throw it in the trash,” he said. “I don’t want to hear anything about it.”

DK schools replacing Pat Pope as SPLOST construction manager

DK schools replacing Pat Pope as SPLOST construction manager
November 2, 2009 --

Patricia Pope, DeKalb County schools’ embattled chief operations officer, is officially out as the district’s construction manager, at least temporarily. Officials have insisted Pope is still the system’s COO even as a criminal investigation of school construction programs has ramped up. Pope may still be COO, but a new interim construction boss, Barbara Colman, is named in a proposal to be presented tonight to the DeKalb Board of Education.

DeKalb ethics board gets quorum — finally

DeKalb ethics board gets quorum -- finally
October 29, 2009 --

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis appointed Bobbie Kennedy Sanford and Isaac Blythers to the county’s board of ethics on Wednesday, giving the long-neglected panel enough members to actually have a quorum and do its business. Chairwoman Teri Lee Thompson had been complaining for more than a year that the board could not function unless it got some new appointees. “It’s like we exist, but not really,” she said.

High court: DeKalb voters must approve arts center bonds (Sembler, too?)

High court: DeKalb voters must approve arts center bonds (Sembler, too?)
September 29, 2009 --

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday that DeKalb County’s development authority needs voter approval to sell bonds to pay off debt on a new performing arts center. But the impact of the decision could be much broader, requiring a public referendum for virtually any bond issue, including a controversial proposal to help the Sembler Co. complete its Town of Brookhaven mixed-use project with tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks.