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Councilman’s plan runs off 1st choice for ATL ethics officer

Councilman's plan runs off 1st choice for ATL ethics officer
March 19, 2012 --

Atlanta’s Board of Ethics, which has operated for six months without an ethics officer, will have to make do a bit longer. Stacey Kalberman, the board’s unanimous choice for the job, withdrew Sunday as the City Council pondered whether to choose the ethics officer itself. “I frankly became disheartened when that happened,” Kalberman said.

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. 2

January 2, 2012 --

State pays a bundle in unused leave Cuts threaten death row cases Ethics complaint rattles Forsyth ethics board

Aug. 27

August 27, 2011 --

Valdosta mayor pleads guilty to felony New ethics commission chief named Lilburn settles religious discrimination case with feds Eddie Long mum on latest allegations APS turns over documents to grand jury Chattahoochee Hills sued over unlawful arrest, 100 days in jail St. Marys ethics board member resigns under fire

Aug. 23

August 23, 2011 --

  Columbus judge retires amid investigation Winner of DOT contract was involved in previous scandal Ex-bank chairman blames Graves, Rogers in default Feds sue insiders of Georgia’s largest failed bank Turner Co. sheriff pleads guilty to providing medicinal marijuana After losing in court, online travel firms want Legislature to void tax Fulton Co. animal shelter’s […]

Aug. 16

August 16, 2011 --

ATL police powers revoked; convictions could be overturned Ethics Commission relaunches Gov. Deal investigation ATL City Council weighs clerk’s fate DeKalb superintendent pick quickly draws fire Augusta city administrator keeps job Ethics board clears Valdosta mayor

Jan. 28

January 28, 2011 --

GBI looks at DeKalb judge, ex-investigator Gwinnett official proposes permanent ethics board DeKalb yanks 24 teachers from classroom in cheating probe Is Ga. sex offender registry keeping people safe? Sudden shakeup stirs UGA Office of Student Conduct Cobb EMC’s Brown: Charges can’t be prosecuted APD unit probed over public strip search claim

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.

2 DeKalb housing officials face ethics probe over donations

2 DeKalb housing officials face ethics probe over donations
September 16, 2010 --

Two DeKalb County housing officials face an ethics inquiry into their requests for charitable and political donations from a developer doing business with their agency. An Oct. 19 hearing is scheduled for Dorothy Williams and former state Rep. George Maddox, both members of the DeKalb County Housing Authority’s board, who asked developer Dave Dixon to give to various causes. Dixon said he or his business gave them each $2,500 for a total of $5,000.

DeKalb ethics board: No conflict for PATH exec McBrayer

DeKalb ethics board: No conflict for PATH exec McBrayer
September 15, 2010 --

The founder of the PATH Foundation may continue to serve on the board of the DeKalb County Development Authority, the county’s Board of Ethics ruled tonight. DeKalb has paid PATH $8 million since 2004 to manage construction of biking and hiking trails in the county. Neighborhood activists complained that PATH’s executive director, Ed McBrayer, had a conflict of interest because he also serves on the authority’s board.

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.”

July 15

July 15, 2010 --

DeCosta: Airport contract winner stiffed city White athletes sue Savannah State for bias Investigation clears ex-Clayton Co. police chief Columbus Parks & Rec probe now criminal Reforming Fulton Co. Commission will take more than good intent Cobb commissioner proposes to term-limit ethics board