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Ex-DeKalb deputy chief admits bribes, awaits sentencing

Ex-DeKalb deputy chief admits bribes, awaits sentencing
April 1, 2011 --

A former deputy DeKalb County police chief has admitted taking a businessman’s bribes. Ex-Lt. Donald E. Frank faces up to five years in federal prison. Sentencing has not been scheduled, which often means that prosecutors want to see whether a defendant can supply useful information — and, if necessary, testify — about criminal activity by others.

2nd DeKalb cop indicted; lawyers squabble over witness, V. Jones

March 7, 2011 --

Former DeKalb police Lt. Willie Daren Durrett was arraigned Monday for allegedly taking bribes from a small business owner, forcing a delay in the trial of co-defendant Donald Frank. Court filings, meanwhile, show Frank’s attorneys are hoping a jury never hears the name of Frank’s former boss, ex-DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones.

April 3

April 3, 2010 --

Ethics report latest setback for Deal DA refers Hall County investigation to outside agency Vernon Jones defends himself, vows to continue Congress run

Federal court: “Shocking evidence” of racial bias in DeKalb parks dept.

Federal court: "Shocking evidence" of racial bias in DeKalb parks dept.
August 3, 2009 --

Former DeKalb County parks director Becky Kelley presented “shocking evidence” of an overt pattern of racial bias by then-CEO Vernon Jones and others, a federal appellate court ruled Friday. Four current and former parks employees thus will get their day in court, or increased leverage to settle their claims out of court.

Fired DeKalb rec director had stormy 7-year history

Fired DeKalb rec director had stormy 7-year history
July 21, 2009 --

Monday’s firing of the DeKalb County recreation director, ostensibly for messing up entries for a state swim meet, actually may have been seven years in the making. Marilyn Boyd Drew was dismissed after her department missed several opportunities to enroll 67 kids in a statewide swimming competition to be held this weekend. But Drew has been accused of job discrimination, based on reverse racial bias, almost as long as she’s been running the department.

Fired DeKalb police chief: ‘I was unique’

Fired DeKalb police chief: 'I was unique'
July 15, 2009 --

Fired DeKalb police chief Terrell Bolton testified today he was exempt from county procedures forbidding police executives from taking compensatory time. He said Vernon Jones, former DeKalb CEO, promised Bolton comp time in 2007 when he was hired. “My deal was that I had followed the [comp time] policy as established by my boss,” he testified as an appeal hearing on his firing resumed. “I was an executive and I was unique.”

DeKalb CEO’s campaign fund nearly wipes out 2008 debt

DeKalb CEO's campaign fund nearly wipes out 2008 debt
July 13, 2009 --

Burrell Ellis has just about paid off his $700,000-plus campaign for DeKalb County CEO. Now, it’s time to start thinking about 2012. His latest financial disclosure report shows Ellis has collected $132,514 from campaign donors since winning an August 2008 runoff, allowing him to retire most of his campaign debt.

June 10

June 10, 2009 --

Nathan Deal, David Scott among congressmen most reliant on PAC giving Feds drop election complaint against Vernon Jones SCLC member wants ‘missing’ $1.4 M investigated Atlanta spent thousands to fight claims by 5 injured cops