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Audit: ATL inspection records shoddy for utilities’ road repairs

Audit: ATL inspection records shoddy for utilities' road repairs
April 20, 2011 --

Y’know those nasty metal plates in the road that can mangle your tires and mess up your car’s alignment? Atlanta’s auditor says city workers often don’t inspect them and, if they did, wouldn’t even know who’s responsible for correcting problems with them. Damage claims for right-of-way activity cost Atlanta $218,000 last year.

APD’s Kreher steps from batter’s box to lieutenant’s job

APD's Kreher steps from batter's box to lieutenant's job
December 19, 2009 --

Kasim Reed hasn’t even been sworn in as Atlanta’s next mayor, but one of his key supporters has already been promoted. Scott Kreher, the police sergeant who was on desk duty four months ago for talking about wanting to tenderize the mayor’s head with a baseball bat, is now a lieutenant. Kreher runs the Atlanta police union, which endorsed Reed two weeks before he won a Dec. 1 runoff election.

How will ATL’s next mayor handle $1.2 billion pension shortfall?

August 17, 2009 --

Atlanta’s public pension funds are $1.2 billion in the hole, largely the result of shortsighted decisions at City Hall over the last eight years. A new report calls, among other things, for slashing benefits for new employees. But those steps won’t help much with the funds’ current liabilities. Legally, the city cannot take back benefits that workers have already earned. Read how four candidates for mayor want to fix things.

Police oversight board looks to mayor and chief for cooperation

Police oversight board looks to mayor and chief for cooperation
July 9, 2009 --

Should Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington discipline officers who won’t cooperate with a citizen oversight board? We may find out next week, when board members sit down to hash things out with Pennington and Mayor Shirley Franklin.

Report: ATL police oversight panel needs stronger subpoena power

June 30, 2009 --

Atlanta’s police oversight agency could do its work quicker and more effectively if it had direct subpoena power, a human rights advocacy group said in a report issued Monday.

‘Consistent rejection, lack of cooperation’ from ATL police

June 1, 2009 --

By JIM WALLS Atlanta police are breaking the law that requires them to turn over files to a citizen oversight board that investigates complaints against officers, one of the law’s chief sponsors says. Police – and Mayor Shirley Franklin’s chief of staff – counter that they’re actually upholding state law protecting open investigative files by […]

City Council to debate powers of police oversight board

May 29, 2009 --

Today, Atlanta City Council members may decide just how far they want to go with independent oversight of their police force. It’s only a work session. But the council’s Public Safety Committee has set aside two whole hours to address a standoff between police officials and a civilian review board that wants access to internal […]