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Little back-up found for waste charges leveled at ethics panel

Little back-up found for waste charges leveled at ethics panel
February 17, 2012 --

Rep. Ed Rynders charged the state ethics commission last week with wasteful spending even though he and House budget officials knew little or nothing about some of the details, interviews with state officials show. Nevertheless, the agency’s critics did not retreat, while acknowledging that they really didn’t know enough in some cases to render an opinion. “Until you have the detail, it’s kinda hard to say whether it was a good or bad management decision,” House Budget Director Martha Wigton said.

Finally, 3 years later, trial set for alleged theft of public funds

Finally, 3 years later, trial set for alleged theft of public funds
October 4, 2010 --

Three years ago, a grand jury indicted Davetta Johnson Mitchell, alleging she used seven checks to steal $40,000 in public money. Now, after the case nearly slipped through the cracks, a judge says the former executive director of the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority will finally get her month in court.

Finalist for DeKalb housing chief could have a conflict

Finalist for DeKalb housing chief could have a conflict
September 26, 2010 --

The DeKalb County Housing Authority — already beset with questions about gifts of money or services from vendors — may be about to hire another vendor as its next executive director. If Eugene P. “Pete” Walker Jr. becomes DeKalb’s new public housing chief, he will oversee the job performance of his current employer, Mercy Housing Southeast, a non-profit paid to manage several of the authority’s properties. He’s currently Mercy’s president. Walker, one of three finalists for the housing job, also runs Millennium Development Partners, a for-profit company that does financial and bond consulting for the housing authority. Read on…

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.

APD overseers call out mayor on cops’ non-cooperation

APD overseers call out mayor on cops' non-cooperation
March 9, 2010 --

Citizen overseers have called on Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to ensure that police officers are disciplined if they keep refusing to answer investigators’ questions. But for a start, members of the Citizen Review Board said, Reed could return their calls.

Doug Marchand, Georgia Ports Authority executive: $443,866

June 11, 2009 --

Executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority. His 2007-08 compensation (above) included $54,630 for travel and expenses.

Arthur J. Stein & Linda Dozoretz, Children’s Wish Foundation executives: $520,000

May 31, 2009 --

This couple (husband and wife) made this much as CEO & executive director of the Atlanta-based Children’s Wish Foundation International. The charity in 2007 spent 60 percent of its income on fund-raising and 20 percent on granting wishes.