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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.”

Aug. 5

August 5, 2011 --

Governor sells property that held failed sporting goods store Ex-Gwinnett commissioner Kenerly indicted againState panel to discuss West Point voter fraud Watchdog says ethics chairman serving illegally

MARTA overseer Chambers loses House seat

MARTA overseer Chambers loses House seat
November 3, 2010 --

Rep. Jill Chambers will be giving up her job as MARTA’s top watchdog after losing in Tuesday’s election by about 275 votes. As chair of the MARTA Oversight Committee, Chambers had questioned the transit agency’s spending on lobbyists, pay raises, consultants, fitness equipment for employees, intricate bond deals and much more. And that was all before lunchtime.

Oct. 21

October 21, 2010 --

Justice Dept. pushes to move patients out of mental hospitals Gwinnett commissioner accused in $1M bribery case Lawsuit: ATL police erased evidence in Eagle bar raid Donors to Barnes, Deal have interest in casinos, Sunday sales MARTA fiscal watchdog now bankrupt EPA proposed Bibb industrial site for Superfund list

Jan. 13

January 13, 2010 --

Grady medical director resigns over safety issues CO of Navy Supply Corps School fired Roy Barnes’ backing of 2000 law a bonanza for his gubernatorial campaign Violations uncovered at assisted-living facilities 2009 a record year for EPA enforcement in Southeast Conspiracy rumors fly over DeKalb school investigation Watchdog: ‘Timing is right’ for ethics bills

Sept. 25

September 25, 2009 --

Victims, families respond to Imperial Sugar investigation Clayton County principal shakeup over cellphone sex video Corps denies Lake Lanier water releases added to flooding … GDOT to pay for $1,500 road signs from federal stimulus funds … Bookman: Reserving interstate lanes for the affluent … Watchdog tells Atlanta candidates to stop e-mailing city employees …